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  • Published: 24 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141392882
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

Early Fiction in England

From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer



A brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years

Before the twelfth century, fiction had completely disappeared in Europe. In this important and provocative book, Laura Ashe shows how English writers brought it back, composing new tales about King Arthur, his knights and other heroes and heroines in Latin, French and English. Why did fiction disappear, and why did it come to life again to establish itself the dominant form of literature ever since? And what do we even mean by the term 'fiction'? Gathering extracts from the most important texts of the period by Wace, Marie de France, Chaucer and others, this volume offers an absorbing and surprising introduction to the earliest English fiction.

  • Published: 24 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141392882
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

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