Medieval Literature
601 to 1400 CE

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c.700
England
Poetry
c.759
Anthology of a Myriad Leaves
Kakinomoto no Hitomaro et al
Japan
Poetry
c.800–1400
One Thousand and One Nights
Anonymous
Persia
Stories
c.1000
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Sei Shonagon
Japan
Diary
c.1000–1300
The Poetic Edda
Anonymous
Iceland
Poetry
c.1010
The Book of Kings
Abolgasem
Persia
Stories
c.1020
Japan
Prose
c.1100
Rubáiyát
Omar Khayyam
Persia
Poetry
 
Song of Roland
Anonymous
France
Poetry
c.1100–1250
Volsungsaga
Anonymous
Iceland
Poetry
c.1140
The Poem of the Cid
Anonymous
Spain
Poetry
c.1145
King Rother
Anonymous
Germany
Poetry
c.1177–1181
Launcelot
Chrétien de Troyes
France
Poetry
c.1180
Lais
Marie de France
France
Poetry
1181–1190
Perceval
Chrétien de Troyes
France
Poetry
c.1190
The Conference of the Birds
Farid od-Din Attar
Persia
Poetry
c.1200
The Nibelungenlied
Anonymous
Germany
Poetry
 
The Prose Edda
Snorri Sturlson
Iceland
Prose
c.1200–1210
Parzival
Wolfram von Eschenbach
Germany
Poetry
1210
Tristan und Isolde
Gottfied von Strassburg
Germany
Poetry
1220
The Tale of the Heike
Anonymous
Japan
Prose
1230–1275
Romance of the Rose
Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meun
France
Poetry
c.1250
The Saga of Burnt Njal
Anonymous
Iceland
Poetry
 
Mathnawi
Jalal od-Din Rumi
Persia
Poetry
c.1270
The Garden of Roses
Musharrif od-Din Sadi
Persia
Poetry
1294
The New Life
Alighieri Dante
Italy
Poetry, prose
1307
The Divine Comedy
Alighieri Dante
Italy
Poetry
1327
Le Rime
Francesco Petrarch
Italy
Poetry
1348
Decameron
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Poetry
c.1350
Diwan
Mohammad Shams od-Din Hafiz
Persia
Poetry
1352
The Triumphs
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Poetry
c.1360–1400
Romance of Three Kingdoms
Luo Guanzhong
China
Novel
 
Outlaws of the Marsh
Luo Guanzhong
China
Novel
1362
The Vision of Piers the Ploughman
William Langland
England
Poetry
c.1380
Pearl
Anonymous
England
Poetry
c.1382–1386
Troilus and Cressida
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Poetry
1387
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Anonymous
England
Poetry
c.1387–1400
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Poetry, prose
c.1400
Atsumori
Zeami Motokiyo
Japan
Drama

 
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