These are the works of literature that may inspire the horrified expressions on the faces of students (when they realize that the class will be reading them).

It’s true! The study of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and all the other works in Old and Middle English Literature is not always an easy task (it’s something akin to learning another language, while delving into context and culture that so often seems foreign to our understanding.

But, these are also the texts that are the very basis of our literary history and study. The pursuit of reading these masterworks is well-worth the effort! Which of these works will you read next?

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Old & Middle Literature

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Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (597-731)
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Beowulf (c 750)

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Beowulf (c 750)
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The Dream of the Rood (8th-9th Century)

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The Dream of the Rood (8th-9th Century)
4

The Battle of Maldon (991)

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The Battle of Maldon (991)
5

Historia Regum Britanniæ (1136)

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Historia Regum Britanniæ (1136)
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The Canterbury Tales (c 1387)

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The Canterbury Tales (c 1387)
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c 1350-1400)

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c 1350-1400)
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Pearl (1400)

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Pearl (1400)
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Piers Plowman (c 1362-c 1370)

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Piers Plowman (c 1362-c 1370)
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Everyman (c 1485)

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Everyman (c 1485)
11

A Revelation of Love - Julian of Norwich

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A Revelation of Love - Julian of Norwich
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The Book of Margery Kempe (1436)

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The Book of Margery Kempe (1436)
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Morte D'Arthur (c 1470)

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Morte D'Arthur (c 1470)
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