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date: 21 August 2019

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In medieval literature, romance and chronicle are known for their preoccupation with genealogy, family, and individual histories. Romances and chronicles are not only about kings and knights, or the rise and fall of reigns and rules; they are also concerned with improbable and strange events. This article focuses on Middle English romance reading and scholarship by presenting an example of storytelling that is both distant from and related to the genre: Lila Abu-Lughod’s book Veiled Sentiments. It also cites examples that illustrate how Middle English romances function as symbolical work in the representation and exploration of their contemporary social systems.

Keywords: medieval literature, romances, chronicles, storytelling, Middle English, Lila Abu-Lughod, Veiled Sentiments, genealogy, family

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