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With the spread of humanistic thought, the medieval emphasis on spirituality was gradually replaced by a focus on the more physical characteristics of humans. The field of study now referred to as the humanities (history, social sciences, the arts, literature and languages) is derived from the term humanism. The philosophical changes which occurred during the Renaissance also paved the way for another shift in thinking that was experienced in Europe at the turn of the Modern Age. This later revolution was known as the Enlightenment.

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Emperor Romulus Augustulus deposed by Odoacer/Odovacar, leader of the Germanic Scirii and Heruli (tribes which at that time were foederati or allies of the Romans)-- --BEGINNING OF THE MIDDLE AGES-- 500 --King Arthur, semi-legendary Celtic leader resisting Anglo-Saxon invasions of Britain [his existence is not historically attested] --Clovis I, king of the Franks (r.


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Of vital importance to the plot of the story is the marriage of King Mark and Isolt. Itis a perfect example of prearranged marriages, which were so common during the MiddleAges. Mark’s character invokes most ambiguity in this legend. One cannot help butpity this rejected lover who is desperately and hopelessly in love with his wife. WhenMark discovers Tristan and Isolt lying with a naked sword between them, he persuadeshimself of their innocence: "’Tis the blindness of love that will close its eyesto that which it would not see." (Gottfried 217) The King cannot find peace in life;a pitiful figure, he wavers between the bitter truth and the comfort of illusion. Hismarriage follows some of the rules set by Andreas Capellanus. For example, the first ruleprovides a perfect description of the situation: This statement, if generally accepted, would surely simplifyIsolt’s life.


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Allegory in the Middle Ages was avital element in the synthesis of Biblical and Classical traditions into whatwould become recognizable as culture. Peopleof the Ages consciously drew from the culturallegacies of the ancient world in shaping their institutions and ideas, and soallegory in Medieval literature and Medieval art was a prime mover for thesynthesis and transformational continuity between the ancient world and the"new" Christian world. People of the Ages did not see the same break between themselves and their classical forbearsthat modern observers see; rather, they saw continuity with themselves and theancient world, using allegory as a synthesizing agent, bringing together awhole image.

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After Boethius there exists no known work of allegory literature until the12th century, and although allegorical thinking and elements and artwork aboundduring this period, not until the rise of the Medieval in the High Middle Ages does sustained allegorical literature appear again.

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The various medieval works of literature discussed in this paper provide insight intosome values prevalent in the Middle Ages. People’s attitudes toward love have notchanged drastically through the ages. We are led to believe that five hundred years ago,just like today, love was not the only consideration for certain people. Some, likeTristan and Isolt, Sir Orfeo and Dame Herodis, Arveragus and Dorigen treasure and cherishit; others, like the Wife of Bath and Sir Gawain appreciate sovereignty, honor, loyalty,and other values more than loving for its own sake.

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