WHILE the quick Norman imagination was complicating and enriching Arthurian romance, the English people had not yet come to their own. The intimate relations of this romance with England have already been suggested. National feeling creates the chronicles. However French the verse-romances may be in spirit, they can not escape from England, for the scene of their stories is laid there, in Somerset, Cornwall, Wales, in Winchester, Dover, Chester, London, Bath. English associations, sometimes submerged, are yet constant also in the prose-romances. But so far as language goes, romance-material was not handled again in English after Layamon for several generations, and by the time the English people found their tongue the creative epoch in romance had closed. English versions of Arthurian romance are therefore late and of secondary importance; we must wait for Malory to find Arthur worthily celebrated in the language of his native land.
During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, however, a number of English metrical romances dealing with Arthur and his knights were written; one or two