Three Fairy Tale Romances for Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day without a little fairy tale romance? For your Valentine’s Day enjoyment, here are three medieval romances involving fairies.

Crafting the witch: Gendering magic in medieval and early modern England

This project documents and analyzes the gendered transformation of magical figures occurring in Arthurian romance in England from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

Caught in Love’s Grip: Passion and Moral Agency in French Courtly Romance

French royal courts in the late twelfth century were absolutely smitten with love. Troubadaours traveled from place to place reciting stories of knights and the ladies they wooed.

Estreitement bende: Marie de France’s Guigemar and the erotics of tight dress

This article examines the change in women’s fashion that occurred during the 12th century. Garments went from loose and flowing to tightly fitted, featuring belts and laces. The author examines this cultural change through the romance stories complied in the “Lais” of Marie de France, specifically one featuring the character of Guigemar.

Chaucer’s Arthuriana

The majority of medieval scholars, including Roger Sherman Loomis, argue that the popularity of the Arthurian legend in England was therefore on the wane in the latter half of the fourteenth century; as a result, the major writers of the period, such as John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer, refrained from penning anything beyond the occasional reference to King Arthur and his court.

Speculations on the Celtic Origins of Marie de France’s ‘Eliduc’

The basic plot of the story is fantastic. A good and loyal knight is in exile from his own country, France, and offers his services to a king in England. There he falls in love with the princess even though he has a loyal and loving wife at home….

Monstrous transformations: loyalty and community in four medieval poems

I will examine two forms of transformation, the werewolf transformation and the monstrous human transformation, both of which feature shape shifters who presumably cannot be trusted

The Werewolf Pride Movement: A Step Back from Queer Medieval Tradition

Werewolf texts fiom the Middle Ages — namely, the early thirteenth-century romance, William of Palerne, and Marie de France’s early twelfth-century lay, ‘Bisclavret’ — suggest that the curse of fur might, after all, be a blessing to the individual dissatisfied with his or her place in society

Healing Leaves

Medieval French literature provides the modern researcher with references to the healing arts in many passages that are incorporated into prose or poetic works.

Displacement and redemption in the Lais of Marie de France

The Lais of Marie de France are not only for entertainment but for edification as well.

Sir Launfal: A Portrait of a Knight in Fourteenth Century England

Sir Launfal may follow the footsteps of its ancestor, but probably with a different intent.

Courtly Love and the Representation of Women in the Lais of Marie de France and the Coutumes de Beauvaisis of Philippe de Beaumanoir

This interdisciplinary, cultural perspective on the relation of courtly love and the representation of women in Marie de France’s Lais puts the discourse of courtly love and its image of women in the Lais into a dialogue with the historical representation of women in the Coutumes de Beauvaisis

The Influence of Marie de France and Chretien de Troyes in Medieval Romance and Story-Telling

Teaching medieval literature and history to high school students is a challenge since it is important to make the subject matter relevant to the students’ lives, many of whom think that yesterday is history.

Get a Room: Private Space and Private People in Old French and Middle English Love Stories

This study explores the way in which one circumstance of daily life in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries—the relative scarcity of private space—influenced the literature of courtly love.

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