Origin Stories

Origin Stories

Some of the earliest medieval romances were written in or set around Britain. They use the lives of legendary heroes—Horn and Havelok, Athelstan and Arthur—to explore larger issues of invasion, conquest, antagonism and reconciliation. Such concerns were compelling at a time when the Norman Conquest of 1066 had established a French-speaking aristocracy in control of England, and seeking to dominate Wales, Scotland and Ireland. After such a dramatic political rupture, stories that told myths of origin, and found continuities in the shifting patterns of Britain’s political landscape, found favour with French- and English-speaking communities.

Origin Stories
Origin Stories
Romance and the Medieval World
Romance and the Medieval World
Truth, Deceit and Desire
Truth, Deceit and Desire
Empires of Romance: Arthur
Empires of Romance: Arthur
Empires of Romance: Alexander
Empires of Romance: Alexander
The Objects of Romance
The Objects of Romance
Cities under Siege
Cities under Siege
Strange Encounters
Strange Encounters
The Fortunes of Sir Gawain
The Fortunes of Sir Gawain
Composing, Writing, Preserving
Composing, Writing, Preserving
The Percy Folio
The Percy Folio
Routes of Romance I
Routes of Romance I
Routes of Romance II
Routes of Romance II
Romance and the Modern World
Romance and the Modern World