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  • Pastoral: Topic Page
    In France the pastourelle—a short poem in dialogue in which a minstrel courts a shepherdess—appeared as early as the 14th cent. and is exemplified in Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion, a play by Adam de La Halle.
  • Romance: Topic Page
    In literature, tales of love and chivalric adventure, in verse or prose, that became popular in France about 1200 and spread throughout Europe.
  • Satire: Topic Page
    Satire is both a mode and a genre of verse and prose lit. that adopts a critical attitude toward its target with the goal of censuring human folly.
  • Chansons de Geste
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    A group of epic poems of medieval France written from the 11th through the 13th cent.


  • Chivalry: Topic Page
    System of ethical ideals that arose from feudalism and had its highest development in the 12th and 13th cent.
  • Crusades: Topic Page
    Series of wars undertaken by European Christians between the 11th and 14th cent. to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
  • Reformation: Topic Page
    Religious and political movement in 16th-century Europe to reform the Roman Catholic Church, which led to the establishment of the Protestant churches.
  • Renaissance: Topic Page
    Period in European cultural history that began in Italy around 1400 and lasted there until the end of the 1500s.
  • Scholasticism: Topic Page
    Philosophy and theology of Western Christendom in the Middle Ages.

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