Chivalric romance
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In a broader sense, the term chivalric romance denotes all novels in which knights play a central role. It would thus also include the (mostly verse) courtly romances of the High and Late Middle Ages. However, literary scholars generally use the term to refer to an early modern form of the prosaroman that was widespread throughout Europe. Such works were often based on medieval antecedents, being prose reworkings of Arthurian and heroic epics (Heroic poetry) (epics with Lancelot, Tristan, or Rol…

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Wolf, Klaus, “Chivalric romance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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