The 12th Century Renaissance

This game is set in the latter days of the 12th century, when the ‘dark ages’ were giving way to what is often known as the ‘high middle ages.’ Scholarship and literacy were on the rise, and the intellectual atmosphere was active enough that modern scholars have called it the “12th century renaissance,” a sort of mini-renaissance before the true Renaissance that began in Italy centuries later.

In England, this is also the age of Richard the Lionheart, of Robin Hood and courtly love.Iit is an age of passion: nationalistic, religious, and romantic.

Some of the most famous love letters in Western history — the letters of Abelard and Heloise — were written in the 12th century. By that point, the art of letter-writing had been standardized and manuals (dictamen) were put out to help writers pen appropriately-structured letters.

The 12th Century Renaissance

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