I don’t get used to the amount of things I learn when I’m reading about the English language and its history. Even though most of this work is not formal writing, just sharing particular knowledge that enlightens is fun. Most people might know or not know that English is a West Germanic language. It has developed over the years as we have seen. The earliest form of English was a set of Anglo-Frisian dialect brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers in the fifth century. This is known as old English. The English that is our main focus today is the Middle English which was spoken between the conquest of Norman the Conqueror and the late 15th century. William ‘the conqueror’ was the first Norman King of England, previously a duke of Normandy. As contender to the throne of England, he invaded England and claimed the throne in 1066, this is known as the ‘Battle of Hastings’. It is said that King William had no knowledge of English when he ascended the throne. He didn’t know how to read or write the language, as well as its grammar. This is said to have been a very common thing with noble men of his time. He failed to master the language even after his efforts to learn the language at age 43. Some questioned why King William then referred to himself as an Englishman. However, his lack of knowledge of the language introduced a new language at the time called Franglais. This was a language which incorporated a lot of French words into the English language which made it transition into Middle English and the English language we know now. It is not likely that the English Native speakers would have been able to understand the language at the time and in later times. Some people believe that King William’s (1066) ignorance of English caused English to have a certain smooth tone and charm that comes with French.

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