Evolving English – British Library

This is certainly a wordy exhibition but well worth checking out. As the title suggests it’s an exhibition tracking the evolution of the English language and showcases some fantastic books and comics. This includes the first printed book in English, The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye translated from French and printed by William Caxton in 1473. There are also more modern additions to the exhibition including poetry by radical Allen Van Newkirk from 1967, there to showcase the growing linguistic confidence of the African American community (below) and even text message commandments.

I found Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer 1549 really beautiful, shame the image didn’t come out well.

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