The earliest surviving English romances

The earliest surviving English romances

Anon.

c.1300–1325

England

Manuscript

Many medieval English romances are translated or adapted from French texts. This manuscript contains two of the earliest surviving romances in English: Horn (adapted from Le Roman de Horn), and Havelok the Dane (adapted from Le Lai d’Havelok). They are included amongst a number of saints’ lives. Above the start of Havelok on this page, a Latin note, now partly cut off, reads ‘Here begins the life of Havelok, once king of England and Denmark’.

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<em>The Song of Roland</em>
The Song of Roland
The Anglo-Norman <em>Romance of Horn</em>
The Anglo-Norman Romance of Horn
The earliest surviving English romances
The earliest surviving English romances
Wax impression of the Grimsby 'Havelok' Seal
Wax impression of the Grimsby 'Havelok' Seal