„He is the first of our writers whose style is cloathed with that perspicuity, in which the English phraseology appears at this day to an English reader…Whether his subject be the life of a hermit or a hero, of saint Austin or Guy earl of Warwick, ludicrous or legendary, religious or romantic, a history or an allegory, he writes with facility.“
— John Lydgate monk and poet 1370 - 1450
Thomas Warton The History of English Poetry (1774-81) vol. 2, pp. 52-3.