They were in the bourgeois class and it is to be believed that his father carried on the family wine business. Chaucer attended the St. Paul’s Cathedral School. It is there where he was introduced to the writing of Virgil and Ovid, some influences for his writings. Chaucer fought in The Hundred Years’ War in France and was captured for ransom. Because Chaucer worked as a public servant, he had royal connections.
It wasn't until after his death, when a man named William Caxton published his book in 1485 did it become known as Le morte d'Arthur. (New Standard M-86 & L-277) In order to explain the book, I must first explain the story of King Arthur. I'll take you to the beginning of the tale with Arthur's father Uther Pendragon. The story in itself actually begins with Merlin, whi... ... middle of paper ... ...inter William Caxton arranged Malory's work into a single narrative in 1485. (Encarta Arthurian Legends) I chose this story in truth because I was running out of ideas, and happened across it when I was looking up landmarks in London in my Encyclopedia.
Chaucer then went through a series of events ware he was eventually named a member of parliament. He began writing The Canterbury Tales in 1387 and was never completely finished. A series of poems he had written before this time were also adapted to fit into The Canterbury Tales, such as Palamon and Arcite which was later adapted as The Knights Tale. Chaucer died on October 25, 1400 and is buried in Westminster Abbey and is believed to be the first person buried in what is known as the "Poets Corner". The "General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales is a crucial part of the poem, because it first identifies the reader with the individuals that will be going on the pilgrimage to Canterburry.
J.R.R. Tolkien was able to successfully capture the essence of Anglo-Saxon literature throughout The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Though he wrote these books decades later, Tolkien used his knowledge and interest of Anglo-Saxon times to create this mythical, dark, and adventurous tale. Tolkien showed many themes of which were often seen in books written during the Anglo-Saxon time period (450 A.D. – 1066 A.D.) He drew much of his inspiration from the epic poem Beowulf, which is seen all throughout The Lord of The Rings. This book is known as the greatest prime example of literature from that time period.
The Crusades strongly affected the beliefs of people at the time, and to this day they are among the most famous chapters of medieval history. The crusades began to stir up after the death of Charlemagne, king of the Franks, in 814. After his death Christian Europe was under attack and weak. “Magyars, nomadic people from Asia, pillaged eastern and central Europe until the 10th century.” (Encarta “Crusades”). Starting in the year 800, Viking raids interrupted life in northern Europe and even Mediterranean cities.
Between 1000 and 1300, European Christianity was transformed from a religion of monks to a mass faith. Churches became an integral part of the numerous villages that w... ... middle of paper ... ...spiration. The Quran was revealed to Muhammad through the angel Jibril sent from Allah. Both religions have a big difference which is the birth, death, crucification, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both religions differed in the methods of how each expanded among the countries of the world and among the people.
The second section of this paper will examine many themes expressed in Malory’s work, Morte Darthur, such as courtly love, brotherly love, chivalry, magic, and resolution, showing how the culture and personal life of Sir Thomas Malory helped shape his commitment to translating and writing the legends of King Arthur. The final section of this paper will show how, even in the last century, writers have used personal life experiences and elements of the culture around them to create their works. One of the most taxing aspects of dealing with the Arthurian Legends is identifying the major contributors. Arthurian legends were in existence long before the lifetime of Sir Thomas Malory most notably Geoffry of Monmouth’s Historia Regina Britannia, which was written between 1136-1139. The fact that Arthurian legends were in existence several hundred years before Malory’s life makes it essential to show why the study of his life and culture are important.
The events leading up to the Siege of Orleans were mainly victories for the English. The French were attacking land which King Edward III, the king of England, owned in France. “He declares himself King of France, arguing that he can legally claim the French throne through the line of descent via his mother, Isabella of France.” (Kip Wheeler) . King Edward of England was not accepted to be king of France. He sailed his ship into the waterway between France and England and rams his ship into French ships in an attempt to gain control of the waterway.
Perhaps very few people realize what a very great realm of the imagination the legends of King Arthur are, and how vast a literature it has become. During the Middle Ages, this was the great theme of creative writing in poetry and prose (Evans 137). Not only in England, but preeminently in France and Germany were there also romances of Arthur. In fact, they existed in every language of Christendom at the time (Lunt 121). This spirit was preserved in the re-workings of writers throughout history.
Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer was a poet, a writer, and of course a diplomat. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in the early hours of 1340s to John Chaucer, a vintner and assistant to the king's butler. As a boy, he was a leaf to the Countess of Ulster. (Lombardi) Chaucer was the most famous for writing his unfinished Canterbury tales. (Geoffrey Chaucer) He was born in London, only problem is, the exact date and place are unknown.