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This useful path e-book explores the improvement of the language from outdated English to the institution of ordinary English. This 3rd variation has been accelerated to supply additional historical past details, with a supplementary site and new sections to stipulate the improvement of writing arms and supply a quick creation to palaeography.

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Swa swa se cyng hit him geu6e. 7 eac men hine ):>rerto gecuron. 7 wres gebletsod to cynge on twelftan mresse dreg. 7 ):>y ilcan geare ):>e he cyng wres. he for ut mid sciphere togeanes Willme. lx. scipu. Eadwine eorl co landfyrde. 7 draf hine ut. 7 ):>a butsecarlas hine forsocan. xii. snaccil. ccc. scipu 7 tostig h1 to beah. 7 hi bregen foran into humbran oo ):>et hi coman to eoferwic. 7 heo wi6 feaht morkere eorl. 7 eadwine eorl. 7 se norrena cyng alne siges geweald. 7 man cydde haro(l)de cyng hu hit wres ):>rer gedon 7 geworden.

Another non-Roman letter used in writing was:

- pronounced /w/ and called wynn from its runic name. This letter is usually not used in printing OE today but is replaced by . Letter was not part of the OE alphabet. The consonant /w/ was represented in the earliest OE writing by or ('double-u') and was then replaced by

. 7, iiid). Modem reprints of OE usually use letter , not <3>. , and were less commonly used; and were not yet in use. The OE alphabet therefore consisted of: Vowel letters: a re e i o u y Consonant letters: b c d f g (written <3>) h (k) 1m n p (q) r s t p/5 w (written

) x (z) Here is a list of the letters of the OE alphabet with a brief indication of pronunciation.

Hampshire the part that of-it on-this-side-of sea was. & of-him glad they-were. & he went after one night from those camps to iley. & later after one night to edington. & there fought against all the host & it put-to-flight. & it after rode up-to the fortress. & there sat 14 nights. & then gave the host him hostages. and great oaths. that they from his kingdom wished. & him also promised that their king baptism receive would. *The OE word here (host) was always used for the Viking armies. 26 Old English dccclxxviii.

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