The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220 by D. H. GreenThe Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220 by D. H. Green

The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220

byD. H. Green

Paperback | December 3, 2007

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 317 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Up to the twelfth century, writing in the western vernaculars dealt almost exclusively with religious, historical and factual themes, all of which were understood to convey the truth. The second half of the twelfth century saw the emergence of a new genre--the romance--which was consciously conceived as fictional and therefore allowed to break free from traditional presuppositions. Green examines this period of crucial importance for the romance genre and for the genesis of medieval fiction.
D. H. Green is Shröder Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books on Medieval German literature.
Title:The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521049563

ISBN - 13:9780521049566


Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Defining twelfth-century fictionality; 2. Vernacular fiction in the twelfth century; 3. Fictive orality; 4. Fiction and Wolfram's Parzival; 5. Fiction and structure; 6. Fiction and history; Notes; Bibliography; Index of names.

Editorial Reviews

'Green's is a comparative, pan-European approach never neglectful of literary developments and textual examples ... but also ... Green is a true pleasure to read: his manner is unvaryingly straightforward and robust; the perfect mastery with which he develops an argument allows for no loose ends, neither from one paragraph to the next nor from chapter to chapter.' Dalhousie French Studies