Are you interested in the stories of knights and princesses, troubadours and villains, sorcerers and serfs, kings and jesters? Do the names of Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Iseult, Heloise and Abelard appeal to your imagination? Have you ever daydreamed about Merlin’s magical tricks and the quest of the Grail? Sometimes referred to wrongly as the ‘Dark Ages’, the Middles Ages represent over a thousand immensely rich years of cultural history. This course will focus on the literary masterpieces from that period and discuss how medieval people thought about love and war, what they strove for, dreamed about, laughed at and feared.