The History of English Podcast

Kevin Stroud

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A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

1:10:25 | Dec 19th, 2019

In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ...Show More

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Fascinating look at how some of our basic food words (like seasoning, flavour and cook) entered the English language. I’ve been following t...Show More

1:09:59 | Jan 21st

In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. ...Show More
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1:16:08 | Nov 25th, 2019

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certa...Show More

55:51 | Oct 22nd, 2019

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the di...Show More

1:15:08 | Sep 25th, 2019

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this s...Show More
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