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Britain around the year 800

  • Northumbrian, spoken north of the river Humber

 
  • Mercian, spoken in the midlands

 
  • Kentish, spoken in Kent (in the far south-eastern part of the island)

 
  • West Saxon, spoken in the southwest

Prob. date

Northumbrian Mercian

West Saxon

Kentish

675
  • Franks Casket inscription

     
700
  • Ruthwell Cross inscription

  • Epinal glosses
  • Charters
   
725
  • Person and place-names in Bede

  • Cædmonís Hymn

  • Bede's Death Song

  • Person and place-names in Bede

  • Charters

   
750
  • Leiden Riddle

  • Charters

 
  • Charters

775  
  • Blickling glosses

  • Erfurt glosses

  • Charters

 
  • Charters
800  
  • Corpus glosses
   
825  
  • Vespasian Psalter glosses

  • Lorica Prayer

  • Lorica glosses

 
  • Charters
850    
  • Charters
  • Charters

  • Medicinal recipes

875    
  • Charters

  • Royal genealogies

  • Martyrolo-gies

 
900    
  • Cura pastoralis
  • Anglo-Saxon
    Chronicle
 
925    
  • Orosius

  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

 
950  
  • Royal glosses

  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

  • Medicinal recipes

  • Charters

  • Kentish Hymn

  • Kentish Psalm

  • Kentish proverb glosses

975
  • Rushworth Gospel glosses

  • Lindisfarne Gospel glosses

  • Durham Ritual glosses

  • Rushworth Gospel glosses

   
 

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Table: David Crystal. The Stories of English. Penguin Book, 2005.

 
 
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