The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye - known as the first book to be printed in the English language. Version of a French book written about 1463. Sold at auction (2014) for over £1m.

The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye - known as the first book to be printed in the English language. Version of a French book written about 1463. Sold at auction (2014) for over £1m.

This original manuscript shows the first page of Beowulf written in Old English. The manuscript is only on display 6 months out of the year due to the damage light does to the parchment.

This original manuscript shows the first page of Beowulf written in Old English. The manuscript is only on display 6 months out of the year due to the damage light does to the parchment.

Geoffrey Chaucer as a pilgrim in Canterbury Tales, from the 14th C. Ellesmere Manuscript. Illumination. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA --------------"Chaucer and horse on a grassy plot, in a niche in the border decoration by the second artist, with discrepancy between the large bust of Chaucer and the smaller legs and horse; opening initial painted to the right of the preparatory pen outline; faded.” (Berkeley, University of California, The…

Geoffrey Chaucer as a pilgrim in Canterbury Tales, from the 14th C. Ellesmere Manuscript. Illumination. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA --------------"Chaucer and horse on a grassy plot, in a niche in the border decoration by the second artist, with discrepancy between the large bust of Chaucer and the smaller legs and horse; opening initial painted to the right of the preparatory pen outline; faded.” (Berkeley, University of California, The…

History & Development of the English Language

History & Development of the English Language

The Kildare Poems are a group of sixteen poems written in an Irish dialect of Middle English and dated to the mid-14th century. Together with a second, shorter set of poems in the so-called Loscombe Manuscript, they constitute the first and most important linguistic document of the early development of Irish English in the centuries after the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland.

The Kildare Poems are a group of sixteen poems written in an Irish dialect of Middle English and dated to the mid-14th century. Together with a second, shorter set of poems in the so-called Loscombe Manuscript, they constitute the first and most important linguistic document of the early development of Irish English in the centuries after the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland.

The oldest known musical composition featuring six-part polyphony, c. 1260  Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing, cuccu; Groweth sed and bloweth med, And springth the wode nu; Sing, cuccu!

The oldest known musical composition featuring six-part polyphony, c. 1260 Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing, cuccu; Groweth sed and bloweth med, And springth the wode nu; Sing, cuccu!

The Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels in parallel columns, with the versions of Wycliffe and Tyndale

The Gothic and Anglo-Saxon Gospels in parallel columns, with the versions of Wycliffe and Tyndale

Copy of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem in George Hickes' "Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archæologicus" (Oxford, 1705), copied from Cotton MS Otho B.x folios 165a-165b, which was destroyed in the 1731 fire.

Copy of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem in George Hickes' "Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archæologicus" (Oxford, 1705), copied from Cotton MS Otho B.x folios 165a-165b, which was destroyed in the 1731 fire.

Old English (Anglo-Saxon): Where is the horse gone? Where the rider? Where the giver of treasure? Where are the seats at the feast? Where are the revels in the hall? How that time has passed away, grown dark under cover of night, as if it had never been.

Old English (Anglo-Saxon): Where is the horse gone? Where the rider? Where the giver of treasure? Where are the seats at the feast? Where are the revels in the hall? How that time has passed away, grown dark under cover of night, as if it had never been.

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