As historical figures go, Richard’s life had everything a storyteller could want. And yet, it wasn’t epic enough.
The Old English Judith tells the story of a Jewish virgin whose people, the Bethulians, are subjugated under the Assyrian King Holofernes by the orders of the great King Nebuchadnezzar.
The legend of Robin Hood has him and his Merry Men based in Sherwood Forest. But a closer look at the medieval tales suggests his hiding place was in a different forest.
The global is everywhere, and in literary studies, as in so many other fields, efforts thrive to find common ground on how to define scopes that are global as well as those that are less than global.
The ‘Breton lay’ is not easy to pin down because the characteristics of the genre are ill-defined, even within the broader category of ‘romance’ which, in turn, has almost no frontiers.
The spoken word plays a central role in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the best-known Middle English texts.
At first sight, Jóns saga leikara is but your average chivalric romance, filled with exciting but somewhat generic little adventures.
Medieval historians have uncovered part of an erotic poem known as The Rose Thorn.
A 10th century tale of a group of treasure hunters seeking out a castle. Here are the strange things they found.
King Arthur goes on a quest to learn ‘the nature or the heart of a woman’. What did he find out?
We are going to speak about dragons because dragons are among the creatures that figure in almost all fantasy books.
Far from being a damsel in distress, the Maiden King is a damsel who creates distress
This theme is preserved and developed in several medieval English texts, both in prose and verse, dating from the tenth to the fifteenth century.
The tale begins with a pirates having seized a man and throwing him into the emperor’s prison.
What can be more glorious, more tempting than the conquest of death?
What can an epic poem from the the 12th century tells us about love and marriage in the Byzantine world?
This afternoon I want to describe through the persons of the North African Muslim Hassan Al Rosen and the Italian Jew, Jacob Mantino, an encounter between two traditions of theatre and poetry in the early 16th century.
I felt both very thrilled and scared when I learned that they had made a Tolkien biopic.
Comic, tragic, instructive, grandiose, witty and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and a new generation of video-game and film makers.
Suppose girls cannot inherit, but your only child is a daughter and you happen to have an enormous inheritance, what will you do?
The experience of reading medieval – and indeed any – literature can open windows on to new worlds and novel encounters for the reader, with occasionally surprising consequences.
These days, there are many different ways to be a historian outside of academia. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Christine Morgan, creator of Untitled History Project, about her latest work on the famous fairy Mélusine, Mary Boleyn, and making it as a historian off the tenure track.
Taking a look at where we else can find the Jewish community in the Middle Ages: the heart of battle.
This lecture explores how Chaucer and his contemporaries saw their own place in time