The norman conquest-the norman conquest marked the beginning of what it is known as middle english. in the period included between the years 1066-1075, english becomes the language of the lower classes (peasants and slaves). norman
french becomes the language of the court and propertied classes. the legal system is redrawn along norman lines and conducted in french. churches, monasteries gradually filled with french-speaking functionaries, who use
french for record-keeping. authors write literature in french, not english. for all practical purposes english is no longer a written language. however, bilingualism becomes more common, especially among those who deal with
both upper and lower classes.