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The Myths behind King Arthur - ... This is where King Arthur became more of a myth than a real person. The myths became more widespread when the marriage of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in France. This is where the more romantic and spiritual myths began about King Arthur. In this time the author Chretien de Troyes of the French court wrote about the Holy Grail. This is one of the first of the myths that has stuck with King Arthur over the many different writers and years. In some of the legends or most of them, King Arthur was the conquer of Rome, by Magnus Maximus a Roman general from Britain in the late fourth century....   [tags: British legends]
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The Legendary Camelot - The Legendary Camelot This king lay at Camelot one Christmastide With many mighty lords, manly liegemen, Members rightly reckoned of the Round Table, In splendid celebration, seemly and carefree (Stone 22). This is the only time that Camelot, home of the Arthurian legends, is mentioned in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The fourteenth-century poem seemingly gives no clue as to the location of the castle of King Arthur (Alcock 15)....   [tags: Camelot] 1233 words
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Chretien De Troyes's Romances - The romance genre is centered around many themes, the most famous being love. The protagonist is almost always the one character that is receiving love or working towards obtaining love. The Romance genre began around the 12th century in Europe. The most famous author of that genre and time was none other than Chretien De Troyes. Troyes is the author of seven poems, four of which were completed by just him. The other three have been worked on and finished by other authors. In this essay the themes from two of his works will be discussed....   [tags: Romance Genre, Falling In Love, Literary Analysis]
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Comparing Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure - Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure Medieval and Renaissance literature develops the concepts of love and marriage and records the evolution of the relation between them. In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Christian love clashes with courtly love, as men and women grapple with such issues as which partner should rule in marriage, the proper, acceptable role of sex in marriage, and the importance of love as a basis for a successful marriage. Works by earlier writers portray the medieval literary notion of courtly love, the sexual attraction between a chivalric knight and his lady, often the knight's lord's wife....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Free Canterbury Tales Essays: The Knight and the Wife of Bath - The Character of the Knight of the Wife of Bath          The knight from the "Wife of Bath's Tale" is not a very likable personality. His actions suggest he is just an abstract character, a receiver of the actions, who is used to give the tale's plot a meaning. Neither he nor other characters in the story are even mentioned by name. However, the traits of his character are very real and do exist in the real world. Brought together, they create an un-exciting personality of a man without a purpose in life....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays] 654 words
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The Depiction of Morgan Le Fay in Various Accounts of The Arthurian Legend - The Depiction of Morgan Le Fay in Various Accounts of The Arthurian Legend Morgaine speaks.... "In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen." So begins Marion Zimmer Bradley's account of the Arthurian legend, which places unusual emphasis on the character of Morgaine, otherwise known as Morgan Le Fay. But who exactly is Morgan and how does she vary in the different accounts of the Arthurian legend. In order to assess how Morgan Le Fay is depicted throughout history, it is first important to establish who she is and what part she plays in the legend....   [tags: Papers] 2188 words
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The Use of Magic in Medieval Literature - The Use of Magic in Medieval Literature The concept of magic and magical creatures has been around for a long time, however, in the time period ranging from Beowulf to Malory's Arthur, there has been an evolution in attitudes and the consequent treatment of magic in medieval literature. The discussion of magic involves not only the disparity between Christian and pagan tradition but also of gender roles, most notably in the Arthurian mythos. Beowulf, Marie De France's Bisclavret and Lanval, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sit Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur involve the concept of magic and magical creatures and consequently, illustrate the treatment of magic of their time....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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Walking The Line - The reality in which we exist, also known as the realm of opinion is revealed in Plato’s “Republic” to essentially be a cheap imitation of the ultimate realm of form and knowledge. Plato uses the “Allegory of the Cave” to demonstrate the various stages of life that we are faced with. We are born into the realm of reality and opinions. Here the truth is relative and constantly changing, however in the realm of the forms the truth remains concrete. Regrettably, there is no simple conduit between planes; therefore we are caught in the middle, living in the intermediate plane between knowledge and ignorance....   [tags: reality, opinion, relativity]
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Chivalrous Code - Chivalry began in the 12th century in the form of a knightly code of conduct, with special emphasis on courtly manners toward women. Thirteenth century stories that showed the ways a warrior should behave in romance became popular . Churchmen liked the idea of high standards and made the knighting ceremony a religious occasion with a church vigil and purifying bath. Books on the subject soon began to appear. Many forms of chivalrous code can be found today, from The Cowboy’s Code to the Rules of Courtly Love....   [tags: essays research papers] 769 words
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Comparing the Arthurian Legends and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring - A Medieval Contest In comparing and contrasting the Arthurian Legends and J.R.R. Tolkien&#8217;s book The Fellowship of the Ring, it is almost like a medieval contest between the two with many of the similarities coming from the customs of the Middle Ages. A look at the make up of the groups involved, the moral code, the protagonist, the antagonist, the use of supernatural elements and the knightly quest involved in each book shows how alike they are but yet different. The Arthurian Legends revolve around the life of the knights during the Middle Ages....   [tags: essays research papers] 2406 words
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The Many Versions of The Legend of King Arthur - The Many Versions of The Legend of King Arthur There are countless versions of the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Most English versions are based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, but where did these tales originate, and what different interpretations are there today. This essay seeks to examine the roots and different renditions of the various legends circulating today. The first section deals with the origins of the legend. The second section speculates on who the "real" King Arthur could have been....   [tags: Papers] 1194 words
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Comparing Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now - Parallels in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now         In the interpretation and comparison of Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now there begins to unfold a list of similarities that can be linked to Arturian legend, particularly the quest of the grail. Marlow, or Willard can be viewed as the knight who has been sent on a mythic quest, the specific task being the recovery or assassination of Kurtz, the mythic god-man linked to the Fisher King in Arthurian romance. Conrad specifically modeled his novel on these legends, while Coppola expanded on the concept, using Conrad as a stepping off point and drawing from J.G....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]
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A Character Analysis of Sir Lancelot - A Character Analysis of Sir Lancelot       Sir Lancelot, from the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, has become by far the most popular and well-remembered knight. Through Malory's rendition of traditional materials, we have inherited a character that has become the image of the quintessential knight. How is it that "the outsider, the foreigner, the 'upstart' who wins Arthur's heart and Guinevere's body and soul" (Walters xiv) has taken the place that, prior to Malory, was reserved for Sir Gawain....   [tags: Sir Lancelot Essays]
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Solitude in Marie de France's Lanval - Solitude in Marie de France's Lanval Marie de France’s “Lanval” is a Breton lai dominated by themes common to 12th century literature, which through its exploration of love, erotic desire, wealth, gender and community, tells the story of a young knight who finds himself caught between two worlds: his lover’s and his own. Forced to separate these societies by a warning in which his lover states, “do not let any man know about this…you would lose me for good if this love were known” (Lines 145-148), Lanval must keep his love a secret and exist apart from the Arthurian world into which he was born....   [tags: Marie de France Lanval Love Essays]
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Tennyson, Browning, Arnold and Carlyle - Tennyson, Browning, Arnold and Carlyle Thomas Carlyle writes in Characteristics that, "The healthy know not of their health, but only the sick"(923). He extends this medical/biological aphorism to the social and ideological world of Victorian England. Carlyle thoroughly goes over the question, What is the state of England. He finds that England is in a state of transition, and while the old is no longer useful to the society, the new has not yet been clearly defined. This void contributes to problems of poverty, social graces, and spiritual/social direction in 19th C....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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In Search of King Arthur - In Search of King Arthur Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by stories of courageous knights and virtuous ladies, who populate the covers and pages of books and screens of the movie theaters. Their splendid attire, glamour of the courts and impeccable manners attracted and conquered the imagination of the little girl. Robin Hood was one of my favorite characters, however there was one hero, who troubled my imagination most of all. I have heard and read numerous stories of a magnificent, just and most generous king of all, King Arthur....   [tags: Internet Literature Essays]
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Epic Vs. Modern Heroes - While “Have at thee!” the Arthurian battle cry from Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, is a far a-hem cry from the modern day hero’s, the essence remains the same. Many aspects of culture have been wholly altered, but society’s quest for a hero has remained. Each people of the ancient times had a matchless idol that was unto his self the embodiment of cultural perfection. In more recent eras, where societies vary exceedingly, people have relied on scores of heroes. The United States is deemed the “melting pot” of the world due to the vast number of cultures she houses....   [tags: essays research papers] 1023 words
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J. R. R. Tolkien - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloefontain, South Africa, to English parents. The family was living in South Africa for his father’s job purposes. In April of 1895, Tolkien, his mother and brother Hilary returned to England. Their father, Arthur Reuel, remained in South Africa with plans to join his family when time permitted. While in England, news came that Arthur had died. After Arthur’s death, the family rented a cottage in Sarehole Mill, Birmingham. Tolkien spent many happy years there....   [tags: essays research papers] 655 words
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Lord of the Rings - It is easy for the reader who enters the enchanted realm of Tolkien's own work to be lost in the magic of the Middle-Earth and to forbear to ask questions. Surrounded by elves, hobbits, dragons and orcs, wandering the pristine fields and woods, described with such loving care they seem almost real, it is easy to forget there is another world outside, the world in which John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, an Oxford don, lived and wrote his monumental series of fantasy novels. It is, after all, natural to want to escape humdrum reality....   [tags: essays research papers] 2041 words
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Concept Identification - Concept Identification #1 1. The "until" construction The "until" construction, a prevalent concept in Beowulf, address the harsh realities of living in the Middle Ages. The "until" construction focuses on the cyclic nature of good periods of time shifting to bad. The idea is that times are good until they are not good anymore. However, there is no decision point or reason for the shift to bad. Simply things go bad due to primal strife, or the concept that evil is always present. Evil does not need a reason to happen, it just does....   [tags: Epic Literature, Beowulf] 1835 words
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The Exeter Book - The Exeter Book The Exeter Book is the largest existing collection of Old English poetry. The manuscript was given to the library of Exeter Cathedral by its first bishop, Leofric, at the end of the tenth century. The book consists of 131 parchment leaves which measure approximately 12.5 by 8.6 inches. The most famous works contained in the Exeter Book include “The Wanderer,” “The Wife’s Lament,” “The Seafarer,” and “Wulf and Eadwacer.” In addition to the 31 major poems, 96 riddles are also included in the collection....   [tags: Old English Poetry Literature Essays]
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Meet the Miller - Meet the Miller In the "General Prologue" of The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer presents his reader with a blend of unlikely yet entertaining characters that find themselves on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Chaucer then describes the different characteristics and the outward appearances of these characters at length. He probably does so in order to bring these characters to life, giving us a more vivid understanding of what kind of people they were. The Miller is one of the most vivid characters that I have encountered in Chaucer's work for he is perfectly delineated as the man he is, without including any unnecessary detail....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]
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J.R.R. Tolkien - J.R.R. Tolkien Merely mentioning the name J.R.R. Tolkien conjures up fantasies. Though his trilogy The Lord of the Rings is well known, not much else is known about the man who was a scholar before anything else. It is, in fact, the cult scale popularity of the trilogy that obscures the many accomplishments that marked his life. He won an exhibition, or a middle class merit scholarship, to Oxford University in 1911. By the time he attained his bachelor’s degree, he was conversant in seven languages and had created another....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Defining Grace - Defining Grace The Dictionary of the Accademia della Crusca, dating from 16th century Italy, defines grace as "belleza... che rapisce altrui ad amore." Grace is beauty which seduces one unto love. Grace is the prayer before nourishment, it is the passing of power through blood, it is a classical muse, it is a verb, it is liberation, it is a head-ransom, it is a gazelle, it is simplicity, it is complexity, it is sanctifying, it is controversial, it is desired, it is metrical, it is ubiquitous, it is rare, it is actual....   [tags: Definition Grace Essays] 3600 words
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Medieval Food - Medieval Food Food is something that all people have always and will always need to consume in order to survive and thrive. Not only this, but it is also has an important societal function. Food is an important part of celebrations and sometimes dictates roles in societies. In Medieval society food was important for banquets, what was eaten by a person could denote what class a person was from, and was often mentioned in the literature. For my project I presented desserts, bread, and a couple of drinks....   [tags: Food Historical Essays]
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J.R.R. Tolkien - J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) gained a reputation during the 1960’s and 1970’s as a cult figure among youths disillusioned with war and the technological age. His continuing popularity evidences his ability to evoke the oppressive realities of modern life while drawing audiences into a fantasy world. John Ronald Reuel was born on the third of January, 1892, at Bloemfontein, South Africa, where his father, Arthur, had taken a position with the Bank of Africa. In 1895 Tolkien’s mother, Mabel Suffield, moved back to England with her children, because Tolkien‘s health was affected by the climate....   [tags: Biography Biographies J.R.R. Tolkien]
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Celestial Coalescence - Fourteenth century England drew witness to many disruptions in time. The 100 Years War, Peasants Revolt, and Black Death are among the many tumultuous events that provide the context for some of the greatest literary masterpieces ever composed. Geoffrey Chaucer and the Pearl Poet are amid the most venerated poets on record. Is it purely chance, or did this era cultivate finely tuned writing ability through its refined culture. Just as we will never know the name of the Pearl Poet, we can only infer the social and educational mores of the fourteenth century through the caliber of writers it produced....   [tags: World Literature] 2030 words
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Technological Advancements - Technological advancements have always played a big role in the literary progression of mankind. As knowledge is gained, technology has improved, and as technology improved so has the literature. Starting from the Anglo Saxon era, and continuing through the postmodern era. From oral to written stories, to the printing press, to the Industrial Revolution, man’s literature has changed progressively throughout each phase, taking on a different point of view and attaining more understanding. Stanley Kubrick, the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, understand the concept of technological advances on mankind....   [tags: Technology History] 1741 words
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The Queen Of Air And Darkness - The Queen of Air and Darkness In the Queen of Air and Darkness Morgause raises four boys. She is not a good mother, and she does not give her boys a sense of right and wrong. She often ignores them for days at a time and beats them when they displease her. She acts as if they were pets rather than human beings, to be loved or not at her convenience . But despite this common maltreatment, the boys turn out very differently. Gawaine is the oldest of the boys and in many ways the most normal....   [tags: essays research papers] 715 words
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Short Story: A Man's Memories of his Mother's Criticism and His Male Lover - 11:58. The stark red numbers of the alarm clock glared at him in the darkness. The air conditioner whirred softly, a muscle twitched in his leg. The pillow was thin and limp beneath his head. A bar of moonlight slanted through the blinds, glinting on the empty vodka bottle at the foot of the bed. He ran his tongue along his teeth and felt the fuzz of hard liquor. He exhaled sharply, fingers kneading his temple. He was drunk, but the memories still clung to him like a sour aftertaste that kept him awake....   [tags: creative writing] 916 words
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Book four begins when ambassadors of Lucius, the Roman Emperor, showed up demanding Arthur pay tribute to Rome. Arthur refuses, and Lucius gathers his substantial forces to make war against England. Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table travel to meet Lucius’s forces, and eventually win the war. Arthur moves his army through Europe, surrounding towns and cities until he arrives in Rome and is crowed the new Roman Emperor. During the war while Arthur was moving his army thought Europe, Arthur killed a huge giant who lived on St....   [tags: mysterious, tournament, court]
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Life's Lessons in The Once and Future King - Life's Lessons in The Once and Future King "The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then -- to learn....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays] 1094 words
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The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, is not only an example of a Medieval Romance, but also tells the story of the women who stood behind King Arthur during his infamous reign in the Middle Ages. The term “Medieval Romance” does not necessarily mean that the piece using it contains any sort of romance. There are three criteria that must be meet to form a Medieval Romance. (1) The plot must divide into sharply separate episodes that often do not seem joined in any obvious casual fashion....   [tags: essays research papers] 1316 words
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Effect of the Normans on Middle English - Effect of the Normans on Middle English The year 1066 had a resounding impact on the course of English history. William the First, Duke of Normandy, conquered England and took it as a stronghold in his reign. The French rule over England lasted for several centuries and brought about innumerable changes to the English state, language, culture and lifestyle. William imported French rulers to take over English government and religious posts. The French were not only the new aristocracy in England, but the new society....   [tags: Papers]
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Salinity - WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF EXCESS SALINITY ON PLANTS Salt is a mineral that is found both in solid and liquid form. The liquid is called brine. Salt contains two elements, chlorine and sodium, and is known chemically as sodium chloride. Mineralogists call salt that is found in mines halite. Salt is essential to health. Body cells must have salt in order to live and work. Salt makes up about 0.9 percent of the blood and body cells. It has been estimated that there are more than 14,000 uses for salt....   [tags: essays research papers] 1251 words
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