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King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do
King Alfred’s English is a unique approach to the history of England, English, the Middle Ages, and also the English Bible. Full of humor and insights that both surprise and enlighten, the book provides a guided tour of kings, conquerors, poets and scholars who have shaped, simplified, matured, and expanded English into what it is today—the first truly global language in history.
The capstone of the book is the story of how we got the Bible in English and its influence upon our language.
- What were the driving ideas behind the Reformation?
- Are the New Testament documents really reliable and how do they compare to other ancient manuscripts?
- Why was translating the Bible into English punishable by death?
- …and what does all THAT have to do with the history of English?
170 pages, softcover. For price and availability click here or see below
Read Comments from The Old Schoolhouse Crew to see what other homeschooling moms have said about King Alfred’s English.
READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER–This chapter is on William Shakespeare and it will give you a taste of what the book is like.
- Chapter-by-chapter worksheets and unit tests
- Chapter by chapter links to online images, articles, and videos
- Literature excerpts which relate to specific chapters
The ONLY book—
King Alfred’s English is the only book that covers the history of our language for students below the college level.
Here’s how I first got hooked on this material and why these younger students would both enjoy and benefit from getting it now.
Did you know?
- The English were NOT the British. In fact, they fought each other…a lot. And still today, if you call an English person British, he might very well correct you even though he knows you probably won’t understand.
- You probably don’t pronounce the word “when” like your parents. When you say “when” and “win,” do these words sound the same? If you’re under 50, they probably do. If you’re older, you may still pronounce the sound of the “h” and the words sound slightly different. I still pronounce the “h,” do you?
- The Brothers Grimm compiled German fairy tales, but they were also famous philologists (and what IS a philologist?)
- There’s a law for the way languages change that backs up Intelligent Design.
- For over 300 years the official language of the English court was…French! Seriously. But the English were always fighting the French. That’s true. Find out why.
- There’s a reason we write “knight” but say “nite,” and you won’t believe how they used to pronounce it.
- It was once punishable by death to translate even portions of the Bible into English! Yikes!
- Recent scholarship has shown that at least 80% of the King James Bible is the translation work of just one man. Who was he?
Free Supplemental Material for using the book as your primary text–
Suggested Minimum Requirements–if you want to use King Alfred’s English as your primary text, see these suggested requirements
Read Reviews or Purchase at these links:
Dana Wilson, author of Epi Kardia Homeschool Curriculum
Raising Real Men: a review from authors Hal and Melanie Young
Review by homeschooling mom and blogger Lea Ann Garfias
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
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