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date: 25 February 2021

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This article examines so-called insular romance in England during the medieval period. It explains that the term romance is of non-English origins and that many English romances are adaptations or translations from French originals. Insular romances often begin and/or end with an appeal to God, and while such formulae certainly speak to the world beyond the romance, the lives and deaths of many romance heroes suggest such appeals are more than merely rote.

Keywords: insular romance, England, medieval period, English romances, adaptations, translations, French originals

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