Medieval literature is a broad subject, encompassing essentially all written works available in Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages.
Characteristics of the Movement
- Latin was a common language for medieval writings.
- The literature of that time was composed of secular and religious writings.
- A notable amount of medieval literature is anonymous.
- Literature of the time is based on oral traditions.
- The Invention of biography can be attributed to this time period.
- Much of the medieval literature relied on allegory to convey morals.
- The writers of the medieval period were clerics and theologians and that’s the reason why mostof the early medieval literature was of religious nature.
- Much of the people of the time were illiterate, only people associated with the church and who were high born could read and write.
- Some hymns of the time were written in old English.
- Some of the writings of the time are based on myths as in the case of Beowulf.
Writers and Literary Works
- Beowulf, Anonymous Author
- La divina commedia, Dante Alighieri
- Histories of the Kings of Britain, Geoffrey of Monmouth