Whether told in royal courts or at country fairs, the stories that have come down to us from the Middle Ages are echoes of a world not so distant from our own.

At a time when literacy was increasing, poets and bards composed stories of mystery, heroism, and magic.  These have survived the centuries and bring the period to life today. Other  tales were kept alive only in retellings by "the folk" until they were collected beginning in the 19th century.
Tristan and the Dragon The Wooing of Olwen
Godfather Death Lancelot's Dolorous Guard
The Green Knight The Sword in the Stone