Strengthened by the example of legendary figures passed on through Folklore and Folktales, like the heroic deeds of Robin Hood or the stories about King Arthur, English peasants are motivated to attain some degree of martial skill, gaining exceptional combat abilities in their own right. This allows them to stand and fight when attacked rather than running for the nearest tower.
Technology Statistics[edit | edit source]
Available to: England
Researched at: Norman Castle
Effect: Peasants have +40 HP,+6 attack and +2/2p armour.
Historcal Background[edit | edit source]
"Folktales" is a general term for different varieties of traditional narrative. The telling of stories appears to be a cultural universal, common to basic and complex societies alike. Even the forms folktales take are certainly similar from culture to culture. Also it is considered to be an oral tale to be told for everybody.
English folklore is the folk tradition which has developed in England over a number of centuries. Some stories can be traced back to their roots, while the origin of others is uncertain or disputed. England abounds with folklore, in all forms, from such obvious manifestations as the traditional Robin Hood tales, the Brythonic-inspired Arthurian legend, the poetry tale of Beowulf, to contemporary urban legends and facets of cryptozoology such as the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
Fairy tale is an English language term for a type of short narrative corresponding to the French phrase conte de fée, the Spanish phrase cuento de hadas, the Portuguese phrase conto de fadas, the German term Märchen, the Greek παραμύθι (paramithi), the Italian fiaba, the Polish baśń or the Swedish saga. Fairy tales typically feature such folkloric characters as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments. However, only a small number of the stories thus designated explicitly refer to fairies. The stories may nonetheless be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends (which generally involve belief in the veracity of the events described) and explicitly moral tales, including beast fables.