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abecedarium

Overview page. Subjects: Bibliography — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Elementary teaching in Antiquity and the Middle Ages consisted in learning firstly to read the letters of the alphabet. Exceptionally when a child learned to read alone from a text ...

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Albrecht

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

Author of Der Jüngere Titurel, a late-13th-century MHG Grail romance, based on works by Wolfram von Eschenbach, but expanding Wolfram’s treatment to give events a moral and soteriological...

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Albrecht von Halberstadt

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Author of a German adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (1190/1210). The adaptation, unique in its time for being based directly on a classical literary text, stays relatively close to its...

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Alemanni

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

(᾽Αλαμανοί), the Latin term for an amalgamation of a number of smaller Germanic tribes, including a segment of the Suevi. After some conflicts with the Roman Empire in the 3rd ...

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Alexander Nequam

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Literature.

(d. 1217).

A student of theology, medicine, and law at the University of Paris, he became an Augustinian canon at Cirencester (1197–1217). His De naturis rerum, a summation of...

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Alexander Romances

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Generic term for the large group of enormously popular narrative poems, mainly in French and with a rich iconographic tradition, devoted to the life of Alexander the Great. Deriving...

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Alice Perrers

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Notorious as the mistress of the ageing Edward III, at whose court she exerted great influence and patronage; she fled abroad following Edward's death, and her property was confiscated. It...

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Anacreontics

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

[ă‐nayk‐ri‐on‐tiks]

Verses resembling, either metrically or in subject matter, those of the Greek poet Anacreon (6th century bce) or of his later imitators in the collection known...

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Anfortas

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

In Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, son of the late Grail King, Frimutel, and Parzival’s maternal uncle. Dealt a sexual wound by a heathen adversary while jousting in the service of ...

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Anglo-Latin literature to 1847

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

From the 7th to the mid‐19th cents, thousands of English writers produced Latin writings in great quantity, both in prose and in verse, addressed to a Latin‐reading public in continental...

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