HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE OLD ENGLISH By: Abill Wimanda & Ayu Monita (C11.2010.01146 & C11.2010.01185)FACULTY OF LETTERS AND LITERATUREDIAN NUSWANTORO UNIVERSITY
OLD ENGLISH PERIOD The earliest form of English is the Old English , also called Anglo-Saxon. It was in use from about 500 AD to about 1100 AD. It was also the earliest period of English Literature.
ANGLO SAXON ENGLANDIt is regarded as beginning with theinvasion of Britain by Germanic tribesin the 5th century AD and lasting untilthe French invasion under William theConqueror in 1066.
BEOWULFThe greatest Old English poem isBeowulf ( 7th century )It is the first English epic workswhich is a story of about 3,000 lines(a story in poetry of adventures of abrave man or men and its author isunknown)