Literature Feb.16 - 12th-Century Literature Vernacular...

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th -Century Literature Vernacular Literature o Literature written in the cultural language spoken (non-Latin) o Examples of vernacular languages that already had a literary tradition by 1000: Most famous: anglo-saxon (old English) Old Norse form Scandinavia Hebrew Anglo-Saxon (Old English) o Beowulf o Nowell Codes Old Norse o Scandinavian o Runes Hebrew o Literary text o Old testament was written in Hebrew o Most Jews would’ve had a basic knowledge of Hebrew because of their religion Vernacular Literature after 1000 Provides us with a glimpse of what society was like. People wanted to hear about how heroic their knights were. The texts have historical value, but they are idealized, so don’t take them for true historical texts. Chansons de geste o Old French o “songs of heroic deeds” o Intended for oral performance by jongleurs o The Song of Roland (12 th century) Jongleurs Song of Roland ( PRIMARY SOURCE) o What type of literature is this and in what language was it written? Chansons de geste, written in Old French
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