Tag: Marie de France

Marie de France from an illuminated manuscript

What makes Breton lays ‘Breton’? Bretons, Britons and Celtic ‘otherness’ in medieval romance

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.


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.