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« on: July 08, 2022, 12:37:23 am »

Teach Yourself Old English (Anglo-Saxon), by Mark Atherton

Old English is the language written and spoken from the fifth or sixth century onwards in the part of southern Britain that eventually became the united kingdom of England under such kings as Athelstan and Edgar, descendants of Alfred the Great (king of Wessex, 871899). Old English stopped being used for writing in the twelfth century, giving way to Latin and French, but regional varieties of everyday spoken "englisc" continued to be widely used, and these changed and developed into the varieties of spoken English of the present day. We can distinguish broadly two kinds of Old English: literary and everyday:

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