Consequences Of The Norman Conquest

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INTRODUCTION The topic of this essay is about the linguistic consequences of The Norman Conquest, the main turning point that led to Middle English. In order to achieve this goal, we will firstly go through the historical context that favored this change to be produced. Secondly, we will touch the romances that appeared after the Norman Conquest. Afterwards, we will deal with the most notorious changes, replacements and additions that characterized the first step to Middle English throughout the comparison between two texts, one belonging to Old English and the other from early Middle English. Eventually, this essay will be finished with a conclusion gathering a brief summary of the information. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND It was the year 1066 when King Edward´ life came to an end. As he had not children, there was no direct heir so many contenders laid claim to the throne of England. Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, was the immediate successor of Edward because of his richness and influence among the English aristocrats but another two contenders appeared: On the one hand, William of Normandy ensured that he was promised the crown by Edward before his death and Harold agreed although changed his mind later on. On the other hand, Harald III of Norway (Harald Hardrada) also joined the dispute. As William saw his chances to inherit the crown were in danger, he decided to build large fleet and invade England. Eventually, William gained the Crown when Harald Hardrada died at the
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