Medieval literature is the collection of writing from 500AD to the 1500′s, before the Renaissance in Europe and the Middle East. Both religious writings and secular works compose the literature of this time. It is a rich and complex field of study and includes the the sacred to the bawdy. The literature is a reflection of its place of origin and language, as well as its genre. Because of the wide range of time and place it is difficult to speak in general terms without oversimplification. It is important to remember that the printing press had not been invented and so all copies of written works were hand copied.
Latin dominated Western and Central Europe and was the language of the Catholic Church. [Read more...]