Erle of Tolous, The

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A tail-rhyme narrative from the late fourteenth century that claims affinity with both the romance and Breton lay traditions, The Erle of Tolous interlaces the stories of a wronged hero, a courtly lover, and a calumniated heroine. This entry considers the relation of The Erle to similar narrative poems, discusses approaches that stress either its underlying structural coherence or its heterogeneity, surveys historicist and textual materialist scholarship on The Erle, and ends with the prospect of studying it from a diachronic or transnational perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain
EditorsSiân Echard, Robert Rouse
Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781118396957
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameThe Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of literature


  • 1300–1399
  • Breton lay
  • medieval literature
  • romance
  • tail-rhyme


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