Originally Posted by NOBD
No, keep going. Good stuff.
Maybe this discussion be removed from trans-mod and dumped elsewhere.
Originally Posted by Fang66
Actually I don't think it did. For example William used English and Latin for most of his documents, likely to push his claim for legitimacy to the succession, and the legal system remained in English (proceedings often conducted and documented in French).
Thanks for the interesting link, and yes, this is probably enough for trans-mod.
Most of the Norman nobility didn't even know English since French had become their mother tongue some generations before. Perhaps William did speak English -- I don't know enough about him to say otherwise. Regardless, the fact of the matter remains that when I speak of the Anglo-Norman court I'm speaking of the nobility, not the legal system. That said I couldn't imagine the king entertaining his guests and speaking to them in a language they didn't understand. Wiki has a good article about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Norman_language