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Chapter 2 - The Norman Conquest

Published: 06.12.2011, Updated: 04.03.2017

The History of English in 10 minutes - Chapter 2 (OU)

The Norman Conquest  


  1. When and what was the Norman Conquest?
  2. In which areas was French used?
  3. In which areas was English used?
  4. Which language was used in the Church?
  5. When did English again become the main language?


Why do you think English triumphed over French as the main language in Britain, despite French being the language of the ruling class?

Suggested Further Reading

  1. The Origins of the English Language 
  2. Why So Much Variety in English? 
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