This chapter investigates the extent of French/English bilingualism in medieval England, taking data from a range of non-literary textual sources. It argues that the routine use of French, in its insular variety, extended well beyond the topmost levels of the social pyramid. It was used in a range of professions, such as manorial estate management, medicine and architecture, well in to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
|Title of host publication||Multilingualism in the middle ages and early modern age; communication and miscommunication in the premodern world.|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jun 2016|