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Masterpieces of Medieval Literature by Timothy B. Shutt

Masterpieces of Medieval Literature

by Timothy B. Shutt

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It is during the Middle Ages that modern Europe, indeed, modern Western culture as we know it, comes to be. Classical Mediterranean culture drew from the ancient Middle East, and more directly, from the Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. The Middle Ages add the Northlands, Celts, and Germans, and ultimately, Slavs as well, to the mix. And the Middle Ages saw the birth of the immediate predecessors of our own ideas about love and marriage as important concerns in their own right, utterly central to a happy and fulfilling personal life. Beyond that, the Middle Ages saw the composition of some of the greatest and most rewarding literary works ever written, the works of Chaucer and Dante no doubt preeminent among them, but by no means are they alone in their surpassing merits.

In this course, we will look at some of those other splendid works - Beowulf, the little-known, but utterly splendid Njal's Saga, and Sir Gawain the Green Knight among them.

Lecture 1 Historical Background

Lecture 2 The Germanic North

Lecture 3 The Icelandic Family Sagas

Lecture 4 Njal's Saga

Lecture 5 Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

Lecture 6 Beowulf

Lecture 7 Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Lecture 8 The Celtic West: The Lais of Marie de France

Lecture 9 To the Sunny Southlands: Troubadour Poetry, Chivalry, Knighthood, and the Chanson de Geste

Lecture 10 The Matter of Arthur

Lecture 11 Chrétien de Troyes

Lecture 12 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Lecture 13 Religious Literature

Lecture 14 The Later Middle Ages

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