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1: The Middle Ages

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    7728
  • Learning Objectives

    After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

    • Describe the migration and/or invasion of successive groups into Britain;
    • Analyze the ways that Anglo-Saxon literature assimilated Christian themes;
    • Compare how various groups and individuals used the story of King Arthur for political, religious, and revisionist reasons;
    • Describe the languages used in Britain over time, leading to Chaucer’s use of English when composing his works;
    • Analyze the similarities and differences between the Anglo-Saxon warrior code and the knightly (or chivalric) code in Middle English literature, especially in Malory;
    • Analyze the similarities and differences among the portrayals of women in Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and Middle English works;
    • Analyze the ways that writers use the concept of courtly love, from Marie de France to Malory.

    Thumbnail: Beowulf face to face with the fire-breathing dragon. (Public Domain; Marshall, Logan via Wikipedia)

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