Henry Lovelich

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Henry Lovelich (fl. mid-15th c.) was an English poet of 15th-century London. His best-known work is as a Middle English verse translator of Robert de Borron's lengthy Arthurian poems, The History of the Holy Grail and The Romance of Merlin.[1]


The estimated dates for the Holy Grail and Merlin translations are 1450–1475,[2] although some earlier scholars suggested 1420–1455.[3] The form of English employed has been described as "a Southern dialect with some Midland forms in evidence". The versification has been described as poor, but the Merlin manuscript has never been fully edited or glossed.[3] Several of Henry Lovelich's works have been published by the Early English Text Society.[4]

One recent historian has proposed Lovelich as the actual author of a chronicle hitherto ascribed to Gregory of London.[5]

External sources[edit]


  1. ^ Lovelich, Henry (1904). Dr Ernst Kock, ed. Merlin, a Middle-English Metrical Version of a French Romance. Early English Text Society Extra Series. Dryden House 43, Gerrard Street, Soho, W.: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Limited.
  2. ^ Stanford Libraries Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Roger Dalrymple: "Evele knowin ʒe Merline, jn certeyn. Henry Lovelich's Merlin". Medieval Insular Romance. Translation and Innovation, eds Judith Weiss, Jennifer Fellows and Morgan Dickson (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000), p. 150 ff. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Early English Text Society Publications". Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  5. ^ Raluca L. Radulescu (18 September 2013). Romance and Its Contexts in Fifteenth-Century England: Politics, Piety and Penitence. Boydell & Brewer Ltd. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-1-78204-175-7.