5526Re: [mythsoc] Why the middle ages are so popular in fiction
- Mar 8 9:52 AMJamaq wrote
> > So I ask again--why so much fantasy set in the medieval milieu ratherSome possible reasons: The =clothes= are just the best. :)
> > than,
> > say, that of ancient Rome or the 18th century?
The romantic atmosphere which is induced: the first English romantics, in
fact, looked back to medievalism. That produces the further question, of
course, "why did they do so?"
The poetry of the Church, combined with the poetry of a good deal of
still-remembered paganism (magic wells, fairies lurking in the woods, all
that kind of thing).
The strong influence of Malory, maybe?
I think there's room for a good serious literary study, here.
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