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English was once a language for “commoners,” while the British elites spoke French

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English used to belong to the people. In the formative years of the language, it was only spoken by “commoners,” while the English courts and aristocracy mostly spoke in French. This was due to the Norman Invasion of 1066 and caused years of division between the “gentlemen” who had adopted the Anglo-Norman French and those who only spoke English. Even the famed King Richard the Lionheart was actually primarily referred to in French, as Richard “Coeur de Lion.”

According to the CBA (Celtic Britain Assumption), 600 years after the Anglo-Saxon ‘invasion’, seven different languages were supposed to be present in England:

1. Latin (mainly in writing – the Church).
2. Gallo-Roman (spoken by the old upper class).
3. Welsh supposedly to be the original language (spoken by isolated farmers in eastern England).
4. English ( by the new upper class).
5. Danish where they took over parts of the country from the Anglo-Saxons (aristocracy + army).
6. Norwegian (i.e. Viking/Irish mixture down the west coast).
7. French The Normans came in 1066, conquered the whole of England, and imposed their idiom (spoken by the aristocracy and clergy).

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