Romance is a literary genre that emerged in late twelfth-century France. These stories were heroic and set in historical or legendary ages. They explored the great deeds of warriors, as well as the conflicts that could arise between feudal loyalties and courtly love.
Related term(s): Feudal; Chansons de Geste
Category: Arts and Literature
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.