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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 Roland as protagonists), but could also derive from their early modern au…

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Wolf, Klaus, “Chivalric romance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026763>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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