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Review: King Alfred’s English by Laurie J. White

King Alfreds English

This year I was looking for a way to teach my girls about the English language without teaching grammar itself.  I wanted to give them an understanding of its beauty and history so that they would learn to love it and also be able to use it more skillfully.

And then I was offered King Alfred’s English to review.  What a perfect resource to meet those needs!

In King Alfred’s English, Laurie J. White combines a study of history, linguistics, English literature, and the English Bible to show us the miracle of the language we speak.  From Caesar in 55 BC through Old, Middle, and Modern English, she traces native and foreign influences on the English language and shows how they affected both the structure of our language and its vocabulary….

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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book and, as usual, am not compensated for this review.


  1. Heather says:

    We used this book this year as well since our history was covering the Middle Ages. I enjoyed everything that your review mentions and my twelve year old son enjoyed reading it, esp. as it connected him to other parts of his studies, including Shakespeare!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, it is a great book and has so many connections! I’m glad you enjoyed it too.

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