Medieval Maria

  • Barry Spurr


The general phrase “the Middle Ages” covers a period of some 800 years, from the seventh to the beginning of the sixteenth century, and two distinct epochs in the history of English literature: the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) period and the Middle English period. These are decisively separated from each other by the Norman conquest of England by Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This initiated a radical change in English culture, in the English language and, therefore, in English literature.


Fourteenth Century English Poetry Theological Teaching Holy Ghost Canterbury Tale 


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