A traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated.

  • May 18, 2024
  • 25 Min Read
Medieval Legends

Myth and Power: Discover how medieval legends shaped society, reinforced values, and influenced culture and politics.

The Ugly Duchess aka "A Grotesque old Woman", 1513 64.2 × 45.5 cm. National Gallery, London

The Wedding of Gawain: In a mystical quest, Arthur meets Dame Ragnelle, whose ghastly look hides a profound wisdom, challenging perceptions of beauty and valor.

Vasily Polenov: Le droit du Seigneur (1874); artist's interpretation of an old man bringing his young daughters to their feudal lord

Primae Noctis, a controversial myth of feudal times, allegedly granted lords the right to claim a bride on her wedding night, sparking debates on power and consent.

Bevis of Hampton

Bevis of Hampton is a legendary figure from medieval English literature, known for his heroic feats and adventures.

Detail of The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones (1898)

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are legendary figures in British folklore, known for their chivalry, bravery, and quest for the Holy Grail.

Pope Joan giving birth

Mythical Pope Joan, the female pope of the 9th century, remains a mysterious figure in history. While some believe in her existence, others deny it altogether.

Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death (1523–5)

The Dancing Plague: a strange and deadly epidemic that struck Strasbourg in 1518, where people danced uncontrollably for months, with a mysterious cause.

Voynich Manuscript

Voynich Manuscript: The most mysterious manuscript in the world, carbon-dated to the early 15th century and filled with undecipherable content.

St George the Great Gillis Coignet

St George, a soldier venerated in Christianity, was known for his bravery and strength. In a legend, he was called upon to defeat a dragon.

The Robin Hood Memorial in Nottingham near the castle. Sculptor: James Woodford.

The legend of Robin Hood is one of the most beloved stories in English folklore. It's the tale of an outlaw who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.

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