Alliterative Morte Arthure. Late 14 th C – northern dialect Focus on war not love. Morte Arthure opens. With a catalog of Arthur’s conquests Notes that Arthur has recaptured all of his patrimony – all the lands once held by Uther Arthur has extended his sway throughout northern Europe
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Late 14th C – northern dialect
Focus on war not love
Gawain & Green Knight
Now er they herberde in hey and in osteholden are lodged quickly quarters held
Hastlylywythhende men within theesheeghwallezfriendly high
In chambyrs with chympnesþeychaungenþeirewedez chimneys they their clothes
Soneþesenatour was sett . . . At þekyngezownebordesoon table
We knowe noghte in þis countre of curious metez
In thees barayne landez bredes non oþerroasts
Forethy wythowytten feynynge enforce ʒow þe more,without feigning
To feede ʒow with syche feble as ʒe before fynde.
Thane fresheliche þe freke the fence vpe rerys
fiercely man shield raises
Brochis hym in with the bronde to þe bryghte hiltys
And he brawles on the bronde and bownes to dye.
“In faye,” says þe feye kynge, “fele me forthynkkes,
faith doomed (fey) [I think it very bad]
That euer siche a false theefe so fair an ende haues.”