Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide the Medieval Period


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Definition

Medieval literature is a broad subject, encompassing essentially all written works available in Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages.

Characteristics of the Movement

  1. Latin was a common language for medieval writings.
  2. The literature of that time was composed of secular and religious writings.
  3. A notable amount of medieval  literature is anonymous.
  4. Literature of the time is based on oral traditions.
  5. The Invention of biography can be attributed to this time period.
  6. Much of the medieval literature relied on  allegory to convey morals.
  7. 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.
  8. Much of the people of the time were illiterate, only people associated with the church  and  who were high born could read and write.
  9. Some hymns of the time were written in old English.
  10. 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

 

 

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