The Tudor Society

The History of English Part 1 – Old English

OK, so today I'm travelling back in time quite a bit further than the Tudor period with my Claire Chats video talk, but I wanted to explore the English that was spoken in the Tudor period and to be able to do that properly we really need to examine the history of the language.

Sources, Further Reading and Resources

Caedmon's Hymn:


The Battle of Maldon:

The Lord's Prayer in Old English:

If you fancy learning Old English pronunciation then here's lesson 1 of a series:

and this website is useful too:

If you're in need of a laugh, here's "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" in Old English:

or how about Call Me Maybe? Warning: it's terrible!

This song is much better:

or how about "Yesterday" in Old English?

Basic phrases in Old English:

How to insult in Old English:

Other resources:

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