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Medieval Folklore: Home

Explore folklore from the Middle Ages with legends such as Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood and Reynard the Fox.

Folklore and Myth from the Middle Ages

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Grab a cup of mead, settle in and explore the tales, legends, heroes and supernatural beings of the Middle Ages!

A Brief Overview of Folklore

Folklore traditionally meant the stories, beliefs and customs of the poorer, uneducated population of a culture. In more modern times, folklore refers to any customs, beliefs, traditions and tales from any culture or ethnicity, rich or poor, found in any time in history.

Medieval folklore deals with the romantic stories of heroes and lovers overcoming often evil (but occasionally helpful) supernatural forces.

Medieval Storytime

Further Reading

Medieval Folklore

Everything you wanted to know about Medieval Folklore. This book offers a plethora of information on customs, lore, supernatural beings, historical and religious figures, traditions and holidays.

Legends of Chivalry

An illustrated encyclopedia of fables, legends and tales from the Middle Ages with tales about Robin Hood, the Crusades, Arthurian legend, and much more!

Librarian

Works Cited

 

Lindahl, C., McNamara, J., & Lindow, J. (Eds.). (2002). Medieval Folklore: A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs and Customs. Oxford University Press.

Maclise, D. (1845). Robin Hood and His Merry Men Entertaining Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest.[painting]. Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK. https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/robin-hood-and-his-merry-men-entertaining-richard-the-lionheart-in-sherwood-forest-46882

Medievalists. (2019, July 9). Medieval Storytime.[podcast]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcKLtzt2sbU