Arthurian chivalric romance


1138 Welsh cleric and chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae popularizes the legend of King Arthur.

12th century The Old French (northern vernacular langue d’oïl) poem Tristan, by Thomas of Britain, tells the legend of the knight of the Round Table Tristan and his lover Iseult.


13th century The five-volume Lancelot-Grail cycle (also called Prose Lancelot or the Vulgate Cycle), written in Old French by anonymous clerics, gives an account of Lancelot’s quest for the Holy Grail.

1485 In Le Morte d’Arthur, English writer Sir Thomas Malory reinterprets the traditional Arthurian legends. ...

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