What are the best literature from the Medieval Period?

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    #1The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.

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    Kyle Nichols
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is one of the most known and popular stories of all time, let alone from the medieval period. It tells the story of a man's journey through the layers of hell. It is referenced so often in popular culture that everyone should have read this at some point. Definitely take the time to read this story."
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    #2The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.

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    Aaron Taylor
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Nothing like looking back to see where history is going to repeat itself. I would wholeheartedly read this over and over. History is going to repeat itself, I would like to know when it is happening."
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    #3The Tale of Genji: (Deluxe Edition)

    The Tale of Genji: (Deluxe Edition)
    Tale of Genji is an 11th-century classic written by Murasaki Shikibu. This epic portrays Prince Genji and the life of a monarch in the Heian period. This edition uses Royall Tyler's translation.

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    Jeremy Reed
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is the classic Japanese tale, the first novel, and it’s a fascinating look at midieval Japanese life. The language is beautiful and some credit needs to be given to the translator. I will admit that it’s not a page-turner but it’s worth a careful read."
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    #4Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.


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    Harini Pawar
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Beowolf battles the invincible monster Grendel. This is one of the classic Scandinavian tales about the hero fighting the dragon. After beowolf defeas Grendel, he has his Grendel's mom to deal with."
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    #5The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

    The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

    The Romance of Tristan and Iseult is a historical fantasy book written by Joseph Bédier and translated by Hilaire Belloc. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult was published on May 31, 1994 by Vintage. 


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    Sean Gomez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The best literature from the Medieval Period include "The Romance of Tristan and Iseult", which is historical fantasy book. With an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 45 customer reviews on Amazon, I would strongly recommend this literature."
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    #6Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, one of the most famous medieval classics written in the early parts of the 14th century. It is widely recognized as one of the greatest works of literature.


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    Henry Jenkins
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I first read this in school and thought it was so cool! I personally think this is one of the coolest works written from the Medieval period. "
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    #7The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.


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    Beverly Jones
    Written on April 30, 2018
    ""The Mabinogin" is considered a best in literature from the Medieval Period. It is a classic edition of stories translated and published by the reputable Penguin Publishing Company which is known for their best-selling classic literature."
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    #8The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain is a history book written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136. It chronicles the beginnings of England, from its founding by Brutus of Troy up to the arrival of the Saxons and the Norman conquest.


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    Julie Harrison
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is not a good fit for this category as it is not literature from the Medieval period. It is instead a partial history from this period."
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    #9The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda is a classic medieval mythology fiction book written by Snorri Sturluson. This Scandinavian historical poetry book is about the ancient stories of Norse creation and it is first published in 1220.


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    Anthony Ramirez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book is one of the classics of the Medieval Period as the author, Snorri Sturluson, writes about giants, dwarves, elves, heroes and warrior queens. He gives us insight into the tales and legends of the Norse gods as they passed down from generation to generation. I found this to be a challenging read at times so I would recommend finding a nice, quiet space in order to take in as much of the detail as possible. A lot of current mythology in today's popular culture is based on these stories and legends so I would definitely recommend reading this book."
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    #10Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)

    Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
    Arthurian Romances is a book by Chretien de Troyes containing romantic tales surrounding King Arthur's knights - Erec, Cliges, Yvain, and of course, the Knight of the Cart, Lancelot. It is translated by William Comfort.

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    Kelly Shaw
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was a bit of a dry read. A lot of information packed into it. Too much to be easy to read. It does cover the subject well, though. Reads like a textbook."
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    #11The Decameron

    The Decameron

    The Decameron is a medieval fiction written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century. It contains 100 tales of love and adventure told from the point of view of 10 men inside a city ravaged by the deadly Black Death.


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    Jordan Hudson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This compendium of around 100 stories from the period, it is lauded as a basis for Italian literature in general is well deserved. This is the "best" as advertised."
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    #12Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics)

    Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics)

    Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics) is a book written by  Thomas Malory, Keith Baines, and Robert Graves.  The book was published on October 1, 2001 by Signet Classics.


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    #13The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales is a classical literature novel written by Geoffrey Chaucer and translated by Nevill Coghill. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Penguin Classics.


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    Xu Yang
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I took my first class in college with a Harvard Professor who was a Chaucerian scholar. I remember sitting in class and listening to him read from the Canterbury Tales (with the full accent) and I ran out to the Coop later that day and found a tape of someone else reading the book in Middle English. I practiced and practiced and, while I still can't speak in Middle English, I can say more than a few lines! I love Chaucer. This is just a great, great poem that everyone should have some familiarity with. I know it feels dated, but it's just so important. It's one of the best sociological studies of the time. I highly recommend it!"
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    #14The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale is a Gerald Morris book about the orphan Terence, who met King Arthur's nephew Gawain and was quickly appointed as his squire, leading him to a life filled with magical adventures.


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    George Ross
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I loved this book. It was a page turner to the very end. It's full of excitement and mystery. No matter what your age everyone should be able to enjoy this one! "
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    #15Queen of Camelot

    Queen of Camelot
    Queen of Camelot is a book by Nancy McKenzie depicting Guinevere, King Arthur, and Mordred, Arthur's son by the witch Morgause and potentially the man prophesied to bring down Guinevere and Arthur.

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    Joyce Davis
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I think this is a great literature book from the Medieval Period. It touches on King Arthur it tells how Guinevere remains strong and true by his side. It is a very powerful book with powerful words."


Best What are the best literature from the Medieval Period
1The Divine ComedyBooks 28 Paid
2The PrinceBooks 26 Paid
3The Tale of Genji: (Deluxe Edition)Books 25 Paid
4Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 24 Paid
5The Romance of Tristan and IseultBooks 23 Paid
6Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)Books 21 Paid
7The MabinogionBooks 15 Paid
8The History of the Kings of BritainBooks 14 Paid
9The Prose EddaBooks 11 Paid
10Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)Books 9 Paid

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