Latin 1086 – 1733:
This tutorial is a beginners' guide to the Latin used in documents between 1086 and 1733. It is the first online tutorial to help you learn the Latin from this period. Try our new Advanced Latin
The tutorial covers Latin as used in England between 1086 and 1733, when it was the official language used in documents. Please note that this type of Latin can be quite different from classical Latin.
Knowing Latin will help you to read documents from this period. After 1733, official documents were written in English.
No previous knowledge of Latin is required. This tutorial is suitable for everyone who wants to learn. You may
- Be a beginner
- Want to refresh your skills
- Have studied classical Latin and want to find out about Latin from a different period
All of the grammar is fully explained. No previous knowledge is required.
You can practise by translating sentences taken from real documents held at The National Archives. For example, some are from the Domesday Book, written in 1086. It is the earliest surviving public record.
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