I wish these vulgarizers would take a step back in history and tell, in French, the story of the Norman / French conquest of England. It was a brutal, military occupation in which virtually all Anglo-Saxon speakers were dispossessed of their lands and positions. It was not considered illegal for a Norman / French to kill an Anglo-Saxon, or rape his wife. The Normans imposed their system of government - all power vested in the king - flooded the towns with their own people - so that 25% of the population was French - drained the country of its wealth to pay for their wars and starved untold thousands in the process - and caused the disappearance of the Anglo-Saxon language- to be replaced by English which is at least 50% derived from French. I think a lot of Quebecois and Quebecoise would like to know that story, particularly as the majority are descended from Normans.
05 April 2012
The French Conquest ... of England
Posted by toddsschneider at 08:52