Medieval Literature

The Medieval period was the single most influential era on literature. Almost every single piece of work was secular or religious in nature. It was well known in that time that if one wrote a piece of literature on anything other than religion, they were accused of Devil worship or witchcraft. The Medieval literature spans thousands of years, from the fall of the Western Rome Empire to the beginning of the Florentine Renaissance), and because of this the literature ranges from the religiously devout to the exuberantly profane.


The languages Medieval literature was written in is mainly Latin. This is because the only access to education was in the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church operated in Latin. Serfs and royalty usually spoke English, and for this reason many Royals hired monks and ordained priests to write their autobiographies or memoirs. It is debatable how accurate these memoirs are, purely because the Royal had no idea what the monk was writing, and therefore could not control what was written.

Some Notable Literature of the Period
  • The Diseases of Women By:Trotula of Salerno
  • Beowulf anonymous author
  • Caedmon's Hymn
  • Cantigas de Santa Maria Galician authors
  • The Book of the City of Ladies Christine de Pizan
  • Book of the Civilized Man Daniel of Beccles
  • The Book of Good Love Juan Ruiz
  • The Book of Margery Kempe Margery Kempe
  • Brut Layamon
  • Brut Wace
  • The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Cloud of Unknowing anonymous English author


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Some Medieval Works
Some Medieval Works


See also Neoclassical Literature