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The Noman French Period and The Middle Ages

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Ramiro Ramìrez Jimènez

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The King Arthur and the
Knights of the Round Table
1- Following the Norman Conquest, the Anglo-Saxons became the subjects of a Norman aristocracy.

2- The Normans brought their social system, called FEUDALISM.

3- English and French (languages). King / lords.

4- Important events in the history (THE CRUSADES, THE MAGNA CARTA, THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR, THE BLACK DEATH)
Literature
The Cantebury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Middle English (the result of mixing the Old English and the Old French). (Uneducated people)
Uses FRAME TALE. (other stories).
It is influenced from European traditions: secular, comic, and philosophical.Two characters, the Pardoner and the Summoner, they show the corruption and abuse of the Catholic Church.
Literature
General Characteristics
The Norman French and the Middle Ages
The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of folklore and literary invention.

Merlin (wizard).
King Uther (Arthur’s father).
Arthur.Guinevere.
The knights of the round table.
Lady Vivien (witch).
Sir. Lancelot.
La Divina Comedia by Dante Alighieri.
The Seafarer
The Seafarer is one of a handful of documents preserved in the Exeter Book, a rare collection of Old English Poetry compiled by monks during 900s.

The book is named after Exeter Cathedral and the poem is unknown (oral literature).
Questions
1-Which part of the poem do you prefer? Give reasons for your answer.
2- Do you find the sea to be an effective symbol? Explain your answer.
3- What does the speaker's attitude toward the past say about his feelings towards life during the time in which he lives?
4- In your opinion, does the speaker long for a comfortable life on land or does he go willingly to sea? Support your answer with examples from the poem.
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