Groups of stories grouped around common figures, based on mythical figures or loosely on historic ones. The most famous is the Arthurian cycle, the stories of King Arthur
and the Knights of the Round Table
. Also there is a Charlemagne cycle, the Robin Hood cycle,...
Irish literature includes four cycles, Fenian cycle, the tales of Finn mac Cool and the Fiana; the mythological cycle; the historical cycle; and the Ulster cycle, the tales of Cu Chulain.
The York cycle of mystery plays described the entire history of salvation in 47 plays that were developed in York in the 14th through 16th centuries.