After the Norman Conquest, the new Norman-speaking ruling class appreciated their own French literature and was probably not very much inclined to have native English literature written down in expensive manuscripts. There is only one exception: The Peterborough Chronicle, i.e. a version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. It is an annal, meaning that each year's events are recorded in an entry. It is a text typical of a transitional period. The language and style are still late Old English, though with many Middle English features.
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