Old English facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsOld English
|Ænglisc, Anglisc, Englisc
|England (except the extreme southwest and northwest), southern and eastern Scotland, and the eastern fringes of modern Wales.
|mostly developed into Middle English by the 13th century
|Runic, later Latin (Old English alphabet).
Old English is very different from Modern English; it has many more Germanic words. It was rarely written down, and when written it was in runes. This is an alphabet completely different from the Latin alphabet used for English today. Old English grammar is difficult, and close to Old German. Latin was used by churchmen like the venerable Bede. Old English slowly turned into Middle English after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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The first page of the Beowulf manuscript with its opening Hƿæt ƿē Gārde/na ingēar dagum þēod cyninga / þrym ge frunon... "Listen! We of the Spear-Danes from days of yore have heard of the glory of the folk-kings..."
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