Friday, July 14, 2017

Fact of the Day: English Speaking King

Since William the Conqueror (William I) came from modern-day France, the royal family spoke French (Norman-French) instead of the native English language. It would take over three hundred years until the first King (Henry IV) would speak English as his mother tongue since the Norman Conquest instead of French.  

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  1. Interesting fact, I had no idea! I wonder how many different languages the royal families have spoken. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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    E from Helsinki, Finland
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  2. Always good to have variety every 300 years

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  3. I always love these little known facts you find. xo Diana

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  4. Yes, the aristocracy spoke French and the peasants spoke English, or at least the ancient precursor of English in those days.

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  5. This is really interesting!

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  6. I was aware of this. French was the courtly tongue for centuries.

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    1. Spelling error thus deleted!

      The present Queen and her husband speak perfect French and German!
      French still remains the language of diplomacy.
      Pity the Baboon in the White House on his world wind visit to Paris
      to celebrate Bastille Day and the US entry into WW1 couldn't be more diplomatic or at least decent.............oogling the wife of the French President is rather UNCOUTH!
      Colin

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