Thousands of Frenchmen have immigrated from Normandy to England after the Normandy Conquest. Many of them have been invited by King William I to be placed in high ranking positions within our society. French has now become the common language of England because of this wave of migration. We interviewed three Englishmen to share their thoughts on the dominance of the French Language.
John B., 22, London
“King William I replaced many of our monks and teachers with Normans. Now students are introduced to the French language before learning Latin. Latin was once central to scholastic and religious studies.
Gavin C., 30, Christchurch
“Our laws and legal affairs are now required to be in French. Why can’t the king learn Latin or English? Um…was I allowed to say that?”
Joseph W., 28, London
“Even our literature is now written in French!”
Read this DailyMail article to learn about a Cambridge University linguist’s goal to preserve the Norman French language: “Race against time to record the language spoken by William the Conqueror”