The Medieval Period Of The Middle Ages Essay

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The medieval time period encompassed a vast amount of fascinating literary works. It was a period of new beginnings that was reflected by a great deal of change. Some of the most notable changes that impacted the society at that time include the evolution of language, culture, and religion. Each of those three aspects were strongly influenced by a gradient of factors. These changes were necessary in order to adapt to societies needs in that time period.
In the early period of the Middle Ages, Old English was noted to be a form of language that was spoken by the Anglo-Saxons. It embraced a variety of germanic based languages. Some of the germanic-sounding vocabulary can be easily discerned in the Anglo-Saxon poem The Lord 's Prayer, including such words as "forgyf" (forgive) and "hepfonum" (heaven). After a group similar to the Anglo-Saxons called the Normans conquered a large portion of northern France, they adopted the French language along with other linguistic influences including Latin, Old English, and different derivatives of the Celtic language. The "literary intercourse" that followed from the intertwining of these different languages evolved through out the middle ages. It is apparent when you read something from the Anglo-Saxon period, such as The Lord 's Prayer or even Beowulf, and compare it to the more difficult late Middle English Literature such as Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. The two literary works are tremendously different in composition, yet the…

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