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Genre of Tales and Terms in the middle ages- British Lit.

Chivalric Romance

A nonscholarly narrative in metrical verse; tales of love, adventure, knightly conflict, and pageantry


Retelling of a classical myth

Breton Lais

Set in Brittany region of France; tales, Celtic in origin, of magic, fairies, folk lore, and courtly love

Beast Fable

Animals are given human qualities and are involved in clever tales that preach a moral lesson

Prose Allegory

Nonpoetic tale in which people and things represent abstract qualities


Ridicules, by imitation, chivalric literature and heroic characters


Ridicules the chivalric romance by parody


Humorous incidents that ridicule people


Stories based on clever tricks involving infidelity


An oratory preaching a Christian message


A sermon that illustrates a known moral lesson

Saint's Legend

Tales of inspirational acts or martyrdom

Miracle of the Virgin

Tales in which the Virgin Mary miraculously aids a follower in time of need

Moral Tale

Tales to inspire moral conduct in the listener


a short narrative poem originally composed to be sung


a stanza


the mood of a piece of work

Incremented Repetition

the repetition of a previous line, or lines, but with a slight variation each time thata dvances the narrative stanza by stanza. It is commonly used in the ballad


the medieval idea of a god-centered universe


a complicated system of land holding


any imaginative literature that is set in an idealzed world and deals with heroic adventures and battles


a literary work w/ two or more levels of meaning- one literal and one symbolic (the setting, objects, and characters stand of ideas or qualities beyond themselves)

Miracle and Mystery Plays

plays that depicted stories about the life of Christ or stories from the bible

Morality Plays

a poetic drama developed in the middle ages. dramatized allegory containing abstract virtues. Good and bad usually struggle for the soul of man.

Framework Narrative

a story within a narrative setting or frame, a story within a story

Heroic Couplet

A verse form which consists of rhymed pairs of five beat iambic lines


The art of estimating character from the features of the face or the form of the body


A type of writing that mocks or ridicules the weakness and wrongdoing of individuals, groups, or humanity in general


A deliberate exaggeration or overstatement

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