The Medieval Period (Old English and Middle English). Review of British History. The only new information here is that the Britons were a Celtic people. England before the English. When the Roman legions arrived, they found the land inhabited by “Britons.”
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(Old English and Middle English)
Beowulf battles Grendel’s mother
King Alfred brings an age of prosperity
French -- court, castle
English -- commoners
The White Tower in London…
part of William’s legacy
spreads along trade routes
kills much of the population
the plague outbreaks occur through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance
The knight's love for the lady inspires him to do great deeds, in order to be worthy of her love or to win her favor.
“Courtly love" was not between husband and wife because it was an idealized sort of relationship that could not exist within the context of "real life" Medieval marriages.
A quest is a hero’s journey towards a goal. The objects of quests require great exertion on the part of the hero, and the overcoming of many obstacles.