Middle English 1100-1500

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Middle English 1100-1500

Middle English 1100-1500








Norman Conquest began transition from Old English to Middle English

The Pleading in English Act"all Pleas which shall be pleaded in [any] Courts whatsoever, before any of his Justices whatsoever, or in his other Places, or before any of His other Ministers whatsoever, or in the Courts and Places of any other Lords whatsoever within the Realm, shall be pleaded, shewed, defended, answered, debated, and judged in the English Tongue, and that they be entered and inrolled in Latin"


The Pearl Poet (Gawain-Poet)An anonymous poet who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, Cleanness, and Pearl.


Sir Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte D'Arthur


The Owl and the Nightingale is a poem in which to competing characters trade insults. It's the earliest example in English of a popular literary form known as verse contest.

The Magna Carta, or the Great Charter, is the start of a constitution government in England and was the first document that limited the power of the monarchy

The Canterbury Tales- Geoffrey Chaucer

Margery Kempe was an East Anglian woman who is known for The Boke of Margery Kempe.

William Caxton is noted for popularizing print in England

As far as grammar usage is concerned, the majority of the changes brought about through the conquest have much to do with inflection and spelling. Because those who chose to continue speaking English were forced to improvise depending on their region, they were forced to call upon Latin, French, and even Scandinavian traditions. Therefore, and incredible degree of variation is found in spelling, inflection, and vocabulary usage depending on regional variation.

Geoffrey the Grammarian published the Thesaurus Linguae Romane et Britannicae

By learning about this time period, future educators can illustrate to students how heterogeneous English is; we borrow words from Latin, Scandinavian, and the French. We can thank the Scandinavians for words like "anger, bloom, to die" and the French and/or Latin for "imagination, patient, perfection, and religion." After researching Middle English I'll be able to convey that English went from synthetic to more analytical with the range of inflections reduced drastically.


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