The many conflicts or battles between Britain and France from 1337 to 1453 was known as 'The Hundred Years War'. It was these battles that brought about the end of French rule in Britain as well as the end of the French language as the language of power.
French land or estates in Britain were lost, so cutting the tie (connection) with France and the rest of the continent of Europe. From this, a sense of English national identity emerged for the first time in possibly 1300…Continue
Posted on April 21, 2012 at 18:00 — 5 Comments
Out with the old language, in with the new(er)
The Period of Middle English
The Norman Invasion of 1066 under the leadership of 'William the Conqueror' is an important event in English history. It brought about many changes, especially with the language.
William was born in Normandy which was/is part of France and…Continue
Posted on March 15, 2012 at 17:30 — 5 Comments
The start of what is the English language can be dated back to around 440 AD (5th century), some 1,560 years ago (AD means Anno Dominia, a Latin term used in Christianity religion which came about with the birth of Jesus Christ). It was then that the powerful Roman Legions or great armies returned to Rome after nearly 400 years of ruling and living in Britain.
The local Britons who mainly spoke Celtic (pronounce with a K) had no ruler which opened the door to new invaders,…Continue
Posted on March 4, 2012 at 17:30 — 4 Comments