Anonymous: Octavian (1974 words)

Amy Burge (Cardiff University)
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Middle English romance, the most popular secular genre in late medieval England, is often considered a genre of adaptation and imitation. Stories, themes, and plot devices are recycled and reimagined in different periods and different languages. The Octavian romance, popular throughout Europe in a variety of languages, including Italian, Danish, Dutch, German, Icelandic and Polish, is a perfect example of the way medieval romance developed during the Middle Ages and into the sixteenth century, surviving in a number of prose forms. The romance is important both for its representation of a typical Middle English romance, and for its specific treatment of themes of class and social mobility and religious difference.

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Citation: Burge, Amy. "Octavian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2017 [, accessed 25 October 2021.]

38774 Octavian 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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