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- Study the storyline, characters and Old English of Beowulf.
- Analyze the major works of Chaucer.
- Discuss the characters and structure of The Canterbury Tales.
- Explore chivalry through The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.
- Describe the plot of the Miller's Tale.
1. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English
In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.
2. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales
In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.
3. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters
In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We'll take a look at some of the most interesting pilgrims and establish the frame narrative for the rest of the work.
4. The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau
In this lesson we'll talk about the medieval genre of fabliau, which is full of wonderfully low-brow humor. We'll also discuss the plot of the Miller's Tale, a fabliau about a carpenter and his straying wife.
5. The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance
In this lesson, we'll outline some of the key features of the medieval genre of chivalric romance. Then we'll talk about two very different tales that are examples of this genre: The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.
6. What Is an Illuminated Manuscript?
Explore the history and techniques behind the illuminated manuscript, and test your understanding of art history, the middle ages, and artistic production.
7. Who Is Robin Hood? - Legend & Legacy
Tales of Robin Hood are just as popular today as they were over 800 years ago. In this lesson, we'll take a look at both the legend and legacy of England's most famous outlaw.
8. Who Was Lancelot? - Character & Stories
Lancelot is one of the most popular knights in King Arthur's Court. He is considered to be a skilled knight but is also flawed in personality. Learn more about the legend of Lancelot and test your knowledge with a quiz.
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