Types of Society in Medieval Literature

Types of Society in Medieval Literature

Types of Society in Medieval Literature

Types of Society in Medieval Literature

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YOUR Colver lecturer of this year has more than once asked himself whether his topic, "Types of Society in Medieval Literature," will carry even to a university audience aught either of charm or of challenge. How win attention and good will through anything seemingly so alien to your present interest? The very word, "medieval," so doubtful in both spelling and pronunciation that we know not the long or the short of it, commonly conveys a suggestion of the outworn and obsolete, unless straightway coupled with architecture in its glory or with education in its power. The modern misses in the Middle Ages the whir of the machine, "the snorting steam and piston stroke;" the classicist, secure in his own perfect, has paid -- until his recent impressive invasion of late Latinity -- small heed to the subtle lure of the imperfect. The medieval, too, has been . . .

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