Medieval AU

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Related: Historical AU, Alternate Universe, Regency AU, Victorian AU, Edwardian AU, Modern AU, Modern Royal Family AU, Royalty AU, Arranged Marriage
See Also: High Fantasy, Robin Hood, Arthurian Legend, Camelot Era, Founders Era, Historical Fanworks, Historical RPF, Historical Fiction, Real World Events in Fanworks
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This is about the alternate universe fanworks trope. For the actual time period, see Post-Classical Period. For the related Fantasy genre, see High Fantasy.

Medieval AU is the common term for a Historical AU that takes characters from a another canonical time period, and reimagines them in the European Middle Ages (or, occasionally, the wider Post-Classical Period, like Feudal-Era Japan).

Medieval AUs commonly also feature Royalty themes, Master/Servant pairings, and Arranged Marriage tropes. There is a large overlap in Medieval AUs with Magic AUs, likely because of the influence of High Fantasy. Not all Medieval AUs feature magic, however, as plenty of Medieval AUs are pure Historical Dramas set in the Middle Ages.

Fanwork Examples

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

A Devotion by TroubleIWantFandom: Teen WolfLength: 77,076 wordsGenre: Royalty AU, Slash
Prince Stiles/Commoner Derek. "A Medieval AU that's a little Princess Bride, a little bit more Game of Thrones, and a healthy side-serving of gay erotica."
Holding Out for a Hero by WordsplatFandom: The Avengers, MCULength: 100,953 wordsGenre: Royalty AU, Slash
Prince Tony/Knight Steve. An epic-length Royalty AU where Steve starts out as a manservant and leaves Tony to becoming a knight. Heavy angst with a happy ending.
Vaster Than Empires by AyezurFandom: Rurouni KenshinLength: 163,848 wordsGenre: Arranged Marriage, Het
Kenshin/Kaoru. After her family is on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Kaoru is betrothed against her will to the terrifying red-haired vassal of the Shogun. Feudal-era court politics, loyalties, and samurai culture abound.
I'd Rather Be The Dragon by lycanhoodFandom: Supergirl (TV series)Length: 109,798 wordsGenre: Arranged Marriage, Royalty AU, High Fantasy, Femslash
Princess Kara/Princess Lena. After the death of her father, Lena is betrothed against her will to Prince Kal-El of Krypton. But she's met by his cousin, Kara, instead.

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