"Irish writers have also played an important part in the development of the English-language literature." ("Wikipedia", 2006).
It was in the late medieval period (1200-1500) when the ideals of courtly love began to enter England, which therefore began the writings of the same topic. English drama was especially popular at this time, and one of the most profound dramatic literature writers, who is also in fact considered to be England's first great writer, Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), wrote in Middle English. Chaucer is the author of The Canterbury Tales, which is easily one of the most respected and notorious works of British literature of all time. The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories, two of which were written in prose, the rest of which were written in verse. Some of the tales are original and some are not, and the themes of the tales vary as well. The characteristics of the general topics range anywhere from courtly love to avarice; with the general genre ideas ranging from romance and Breton lai, to sermon and fabliau. ...Show more