Yvain fighting Gawain in order to regain the love of his lady Laudine. Medieval illumination from Chrétien de Troyes's romance, Yvain, le Chevalier au Lion
Frontispiece to The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.
Holger Danske, or Ogier the Dane, from the Matter of France
A knight rescues a lady from a dragon.

Such stories are typically swashbuckling adventure novels, tales of high romance and intrigue, centered on the ruling classes, almost always aristocracy and royalty, although (for instance) Winston Churchill's novel Savrola, in every other way a typical example of the genre, concerns a revolution to restore rightful parliamentary government in the republican country of Laurania.

- Ruritanian romance

Modern works may differentiate from love-story as romance into different genres, such as planetary romance or Ruritanian romance.

- Chivalric romance
Yvain fighting Gawain in order to regain the love of his lady Laudine. Medieval illumination from Chrétien de Troyes's romance, Yvain, le Chevalier au Lion

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