A Conversation for Alfred the Great - King of the West Saxons
Wand'rin star Started conversation Apr 14, 2000
Alfred was a pretty good scholar, seemingly and collected scrolls. His scribes took down quite a lot of stuff in ENGLISH I think "Othere's Voyages" which starts "Othere taelde his hlaforde Aelfred kuning that he of ealle menne tha northmost bude" (sorry no diacritics) is the first bit of English prose. All the words still exist ,except bude as the past tense of bide.
Demon Drawer Posted Apr 14, 2000
Bude with the loss of the word and I'm sure we'll get by.
Wand'rin star Posted Apr 15, 2000
If he hadn't won the battle of Ethandune, the language we're all using would probably have been considerably different with Danish rather than Anglo-Saxon underpinnings. Then I'd never get the crossword finished.
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