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Bilingual Rulers of England
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0334  Thursday, 5 February 2004

[1]     From:   E. F. Winerock <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004 12:05:33 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England

[2]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 08:49:27 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 08:46:32 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England


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From:           E. F. Winerock <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004 12:05:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England

By the way, I know that many people refer to Jonson's disparaging remark
about Shakespeare's lack of knowledge of Latin and Greek, but has anyone
officially commented on Shakespeare's knowledge of French?

Just wondering,
Emily Winerock

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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 08:49:27 -0600
Subject: 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England

English became the official language of the law courts in 1362. In 1367
Edward III gave his opening address to Parliament in English, the first
English monarch to do so.

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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 08:46:32 -0800
Subject: 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0313 Bilingual Rulers of England

David's summary seems roughly correct, insofar as I know.  Barbara
Tuchman, however, mentions that some of the treaties involved in the
first part of the Hundred Years War, negotiated during the reign of
Edward, were carefully written in both French and English, since the
Anglo-Norman rulers no longer trusted their French, or no longer trusted
their French interlocutors to avoid ambiguities.

More recently, after the death of the Queen Mother, Jean Chr

 

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