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As the Romance evolved the themes and ideas it dealt with changed However throughout its history courage and bravery have remained constant themes When it originated romances were written as the are today in either verse or prose and typically involved legendary supernatural or amorous characters As romances developed the themes changed to regard knights chivalry and courtly love The Arthurian Legend is the basis for what many people today know as Romance literature It is a collection of stories written in many languages with various cultures incorporated into its stories which dealt with knights These knights usually got what they were searching for Such an example can be found in a poem about Perceval a knight who did find what he was looking for the Holy Grail even though he did not get it he was taught a lesson in the process of searching for it Legends such as these originated in the Middle Ages and set the standard for later Romance literature Most medieval romances which can be read have an infusion of many different cultures which is very apparent through reading This is because Arthurian Legend which would eventually be established as the standard for romances originally dealt with Celtic mythology and traditions In the 5th and 6th centuries the Celts immigrated to Brittany exposing their stories and culture to others Once it reached this point and troubadours and scribes heard the stories they could be told to the common people through both story-telling and written literature As many troubadours traveled to other towns and possibly even other countries thousands of people were exposed to this literature Eventually small details were changed and people began to add in stories based on what was taking place in Europe whether it be war or peace These additions however were not based on the same time period in which the other stories were written but rather the modern era As these legends were added to
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