In 1327 in the north English town of Castleford, an aged knight, long retired to the cloister, put down his pen. He had just finished the final rhymed couplets of a 39,437-line chronicle of the history of Britain, from its founding by the Syrian princess Albina and her 32 shipwrecked sisters, to the imprisoning of the current English king, Edward II, in a castel,
Honurabelie Ã¾arin to duel.
Certes, in Ã¾e castel of Berkelaie,
Wi him twelf knightes night and daie.