Havelok the Dane

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Havelok the Dane,

English 13th-century metrical romance. It concerns a prince brought up as a scullion, who, after discovering his true identity, wins the kingdoms of Denmark and England. The poem's emphasis on the simple virtues suggests that it was written for a bourgeois rather than an aristocratic audience. The hero has been identified with the 10th-century king, Olaf Cuaran, who ruled at different times in Northumberland and in Dublin.
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To these must be added a number of romances concerned specifically with the deeds of English heroes, such as Havelock the Dane and Richard Coeur de Lion (Richard the Lion-hearted), and a number of other romances, such as Sir Orfeo and Floire et Blancheflor, that belong to no particular cycle.