Insular Romance

Siân Echard

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Insular Romance

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This article examines so-called insular romance in England during the medieval period. It explains that the term romance is of non-English origins and that many English romances are adaptations or translations from French originals. Insular romances often begin and/or end with an appeal to God, and while such formulae certainly speak to the world beyond the romance, the lives and deaths of many romance heroes suggest such appeals are more than merely rote.

Keywords: insular romance; England; medieval period; English romances; adaptations; translations; French originals

Article.  10479 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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