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   Selections of texts

The following links will lead to files being opened which offer you a selection of texts from the three main epochs of the history of English: (i) Old English, (ii) Middle English, (iii) Early Modern English. The texts have been chosen to represent the writings of prominent authors – where these are known – from the three periods and also to illustrate the forms of language characteristic of their ages.

   Selected Old English texts

   Selected Middle English texts

   Selected Early Modern English texts