English Goes UndergroundStreaming Video - 2006
With the Norman invasion, English became a third language in its own country, behind French and Latin. In this program, Melvyn Bragg examines the impact of Old French on the development of English. Manuscripts, tapestries, and dozens of curious etymologies help illustrate a tremendous influx of vocabulary pertaining to romance, chivalry, and, of course, food. The influence of Eleanor of Aquitaine's patronage is heard in works of poets and troubadours as the cult of courtly love flourished in England.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, 
Copyright Date: ©2003
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (51 min.) : sound, color, digital.