For us, nature is first and foremost a spectacle. For the Middle Ages, it is a contact: nature is what one touches, what one feels, what one hears, what limits the gaze and surrounds the whole body. No wonder the love songs of the Middle Ages begin by telling the sensations of nature before moving on to the emotions of love.

In forty picturesque chapters, Michel Zink invites us to plunge into the adventure of the Middle Ages. Through the fantasy, the marvels, the novels, the chronicles, the songs and the legends, he offers us a journey from the ninth century to the present day, from Knights of the Round Table to the television series Camelot. It is so familiar and so distant at the same time, the Middle Ages! Who was King Arthur? Why did the troubadours, those demanding poets, left their name to the hippie guitarists? Did the Grail look like it did in Indiana Jones or Monty Python? Does falling in love like Tristan and Iseult make any sense today? Who has spoken better of conjugal love than the poets of the Middle Ages? Let us walk through the forest of Brocéliande but also through the Roman de la Rose thanks to this journey full of joy, humor and lightness proposed by a troubadour of the 21st century.


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Michel Zink (1945) is a French medievalist and philologist, an expert in French literature in Middle Ages. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1967 and continued to study at the Sorbonne and at the University of Tunisia. He worked as a professor at the University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail (1976-1987) and at the Sorbonne (1987-1994). Since 1995 he has been teaching medieval French literature at the prestigious Collège de France and works as the secretary of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres. Zink is a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Commentaire and a correspondent member of the Medieval Academy of America, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Lisbon and Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Zink is also a member of the Versailles Academy, and an honorary member of the Alsace and the Lyon Academy. In 2007 he received the Balzan Award for his work in the field of European Literature history. Since summer 2014, he has been working on a live show on France Inter called Welcome to the Middle Ages.


  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-46-9
  • Dimensions: 110x170 mm
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2018
  • Original title: Bienvenue au Moyen Age
  • Original language: French
  • Translation: Leni Bastaić Svilar