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Middle English: 1066-1500. A look to the history behind the literature. William the Bastard becomes William the Conqueror…. In 1066, William the Bastard of Normandy along with his troops conquer Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings.

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middle english 1066 1500

Middle English: 1066-1500

A look to the history behind the literature

william the bastard becomes william the conqueror
William the Bastard becomes William the Conqueror…
  • In 1066, William the Bastard of Normandy along with his troops conquer Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings.
  • William the Conqueror brings the French Court, French Custom, and French Language to England.
  • The Hybrid of Old English and Old French make up what is today known as: Middle English.
  • Words like: wine, cheese, brother enter the English Lexicon.
what does middle english look and sound like
What does Middle English Look and Sound Like?
  • Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
  • The droghte of March perced to the roote,
  • And bathed every veyne in swichlicour
  • Of Which vertuengendered is the flour;
  • Whan Zephirus eek with his sweetebreeth
  • Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
  • The tendrecroppes, and the yongesonne
  • Hath in the Ram his halve course yronne
  • And smalefowelesmakenmelodye
  • That slepen all the nyght with open ye
  • So priketh hem nature in his corages
  • Thannelongen folk too goon on pilgrimmages…
It takes a couple hundred years…by Chaucer’s time the two languages are fully integrated into Middle English
  • Geoffrey Chaucer 1343-October 25, 1400
  • The Book of the Duchess, Blanche of Lancaster, and The Canterbury Tales.
  • His works represent Middle English in its form.
the canterbury tales
The Canterbury Tales
  • Chaucer did not finish all the books he intended.
  • The Pilgrims were going to visit the shrine of Thomas A Becket (martyred Archbishop of Canterbury on order by King Henry II of England.
  • The Pilgrims walk twenty miles to Canterbury each telling a tale there and back. The best storyteller wins a free dinner.
  • Funny thing is…these people would have never travelled with one another. Why?