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Middle English Subperiods

 

Learn about the main subperiods within the Middle English period that reflect the decline, rise, and eventual dominance of English...

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Who Got Lucky at Hastings? (video)

 

Watch a documentary that re-examines the Battle of Hastings to establish whether William's victory was down to military skill or just good luck...

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Middle English: Introductory Overview (video)

 

Alexander Arguelles gives an overview of Middle English and of features that distinguish it from Old English...

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French vs. English

 

Learn why English eventually prevailed over the language of the conquerors...

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Gallicization of English

 

Learn about the impact of French on the English orthography, sound system, grammar and syntax...

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Medieval Armour Terms

 

Learn about the impact of French on medieval armour terminology and the relevance of armour technology for the space age...

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Emerging Standard

 

Learn about the chief factors that had contributed to the emergence of the basis of Standard English by 1500...

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Geoffrey Chaucer

 

Learn about the Father of English Literature, credited with being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English...

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The Canterbury Tales Prologue (video)

 

A karaoke-style video containing a reading of the Canterbury Tales Prologue in Middle English...

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The Great Vowel Shift

 

Learn about the massive sound change that affected the long vowels of English during the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries...

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Choosing "thou" or "you"

 

David Crystal explains the changes affecting the use of the second-person pronouns from Old English through Middle English to Early Modern English...

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Spamalot Flash Game

 

Choose to be a Saxon Knight or a French defender. Defend your castle with the animal catapult - there can be only one king of the Britons!...

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Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill Game

 

If you think you have what it takes to be the toughest knight in all of England, enter the royal tournament and find out how tough you really are!...

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