When did French replace English as the language of the elite?

By the end of the 15th century, French became the second language of a cultivated elite.

When was French official language of England?

French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.

When did English surpass French?

When did English truly overtake French as the language of diplomacy? – Quora. On 28 June 1919. On this date, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Instead of being composed solely in French, as tradition demanded, it had two equivalent versions, in French and in English.

Why was French once the official language of England?

French was the official language of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William the Conqueror of France until 1362, when it was replaced by English. From 1066 to 1362, French was mainly used by nobility, and English was generally spoken by the lower classes.

Why did French not engulf English?

So, the question “Why wasn’t English replaced by French” gets the following answer: “Because England lost the Hundred Years’ war”. English has a great many words taken from Norman French, and quite a few of these become obvious if you know how certain letters were pronounced.

When did English nobility start speaking English?

The majority of the Norman Elite, especially the high nobility, maintained French as a first language until the 14th century, although they spoke English too beginning in the mid-late 12th century. The royal family spoke Anglo-Norman natively until Henry V, at the start of the 15th C.

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