History of English Podcast

Excellent!  I highly recommend this series.  Very interesting presentation and approach to history.  And you’ll get to hear a little Middle and Old English.
http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/

 

William Caxton introduced the mass production of books to England in the 1470s. He was also the first person to print books in the English language via the printing press. Caxton's publications reveal the priorities and concerns of a businessman, not those of a linguist or scholar. In this episode, we explore Caxton's contribution to the history of English, and we examine the impact of the printing press on the development of the English language.

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Tue, Jul 21, 2020
Source: History of English

In the 1400s, rising literacy rates and access to cheap paper combined to produce the first collections of personal letters in the English language. One of the earliest letter collections was maintained by the Paston family of Norfolk. Their letters reflect the struggles of an upstart family against the traditional landed nobility, and they provide an important perspective on the family dispute that became known as The Wars of the Roses.

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Thu, Jun 25, 2020
Source: History of English

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