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I found reference to this interesting exhibition book

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Oct 10 2012, 11:46am


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on Tolkien gateway. maybe its worth a look if you need further information?

The Romance of the Middle Ages is an exhibition book from the Bodleian Library, featuring 70 colour illustrations. The book reproduces a manuscript page from The Two Towers and a page from C.S. Lewis's copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited by Tolkien and E.V. Gordon
From King Arthur and the Round Table to Alexander the Great's global conquests and encounters with fire-breathing dragons, the stories of romance appear in some of the most beautiful books of the Middle Ages, and still resonate today. This book provides an engaging, scholarly, and richly illustrated guide to medieval romance and its continuing influence on literature and art. Romance's conjunctions of chivalric violence, love, sex, and piety, and its openness to the miraculous, monstrous or bizarre mark it out as the most fertile narrative form of the Western Middle Ages. This book examines the development of romance as a literary genre, its place in medieval culture, and the scribes and readers who copied, owned, and commented on romance books, from magnificent illuminated manuscripts to personal notebooks and chance survivals. It also explores the complex anatomy of human desire in romance, as portrayed by writers including Dante, Chaucer, and Thomas Malory. Medieval romance was hugely popular after the Middle Ages. Shakespeare, Spenser, and Walter Scott imbibed its motifs, Mark Twain parodied them, and the Pre-Raphaelites based an aesthetic movement around them. The Romance of the Middle Ages traces the influence of the genre to the twentieth century and beyond, encompassing the stories of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling, the Jedi knights of Star Wars and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Nicholas Perkins is Fellow and Tutor in English at St Hugh's College and University Lecturer in Medieval English, University of Oxford. Alison Wiggins is Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow

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Ivanhoe and Tolkien? weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 2 2012, 5:13pm
    ivanhoe and Tolkien Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Oct 2 2012, 9:47pm
        thank you for that link! weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 2:29am
    Interesting... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Oct 2 2012, 10:07pm
        Scott wrote "historical novels", not fantasy. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Oct 3 2012, 1:16am
            I'm halfway through the book right now... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 2:39am
        Agreed... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 2:36am
    Scott was so popular FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Oct 3 2012, 8:53pm
        that makes sense... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 10 2012, 2:49am
            I found reference to this interesting exhibition book Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Oct 10 2012, 11:46am
                thanks again! weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 11 2012, 3:09am

 
 
 

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