History of English Language - Timeline

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5000BC – Sanskirt - was an ancient Indian language that belongs to the indo-European language group. India preserved samples of this language that are older than any European language. 55BC – Romans first recorded in England at this time. They did not conquer England until 78-85AD. OLD ENGLISH

450 – Saxons – They were the most well known group of German tribes that invaded England. The other two main tribes were the Angles and the Jutes. The word England was derived from Angles (Engles). 597 – St Augustine – He wanted to convert Britain to Christianity. This changed the English language because it introduced many new religious words and concepts to English people. These words were based on examples from Latin and Greek (large influence to English language). 731 – Bede – He was known as the Venerable. He wrote the ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ to help teach people about their history. 787 – Vikings – The Vikings invaded Britain in three different stages; the first stage consisted of raids by small, isolated groups. These groups concentrated on destroying towns close to the coast. The second stage was filled with large armies that caused a large amount of destruction. This stage ended when King Alfred defeated Gunthrum and made the Treaty of Wedmore. The third stage overpowered England. The Vikings set up Cnut to be king. He was the Danish ruler who began a twenty five year stretch of Danish rulers in England. 871 – King Alfred – He defended Anglo-Saxon England from Viking raids, created a code of laws, and encouraged a rebirth of religious and education. 878 – Danelaw and Treaty of Wedmore – This is the year that King Alfred defeated Gunthrum and created the Treaty of Wedmore on Danelaw land. 1014 – Aethelred the Unready – He was driven out of England by the Danes. He married a Norman woman, so he sought protection with his brother in law, the Duke of Normandy. 1042 – Edward the Confessor – He was the son of Aethelred. He grew up in France. When...
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