- Glossary definition: Medieval Literature
Medieval Literature

Middle English prose of the 13th cent. continued in the tradition of Anglo-Saxon prose—homiletic, didactic, and directed toward ordinary people rather than polite society. The Romance is introduced at this time. French verse forms replace the Anglo-Saxon alliterative line, and the lyric peaks in the second half of the 14th century, but there is an alliterative revival in the 14th century.