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Tim William Machan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282128.001.0001

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The Barons’ War and Henry’s Letters

The Barons’ War and Henry’s Letters

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English in the Middle Ages

Tim William Machan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two royal letters that were written in English and released by Henry III in 1258. These letters are used to talk about the many contextual factors that give utterances and codes their social meanings. It asks how the status of a language such as Middle English comes into being.

Keywords:   royal letters, Henry III, Middle English, linguistic history, social meaning

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