Epic and romance essays on medieval literature, item preview
The king said that they might make a choice that would profit them less. Kalf Asgeirsson welcomes them all.
When many of Eyjolf's men were down, and some had run to the church, he took his way to the place where Aron and Sturla had met, and there he found Aron sitting with his weapons, and all about were lying dead men and wounded. And this is in my mind, only to accept the Faith in Norway if I may pay some small respect to Thor next winter when I come to Iceland.
At that time there were in Norway many Icelanders who were men of reputation. The substance of Epic, since his time, has been appropriated by certain writers of history, as Fielding has explained in his lectures on that science in Tom Jones. In Ariosto, Spenser, and Milton, wandering astray and the narrative deferral to describe it assume a moral valence, whether in reference to protagonist, poet, or reader.
Chaucer's procedure in regard to his romantic subjects is often very difficult to understand. Chaucer may have been at one time tempted by all this magnificence; his final version of the story, in the Knight's Tale, is a proof among other things of his critical tact. But here you may see him.
And good enough cause might I have to stay thee from offering to burn kings in their houses in return for their good advice; but because I know not how far thy thought went along with thy words, and ash garden essay topics of thy manly declaration, thou shalt not lose thy life for this; it may be that thou wilt hold the Faith better, as thou speakest against it more than others.