The 1066 Norman Conquest presents a specific instance of how conflicting political ambitions stimulated a substantial historical and social shift. On the political front, King Harold II and William the Conqueror possessed differing motives in their quest for the English crown. The political conflict witnessed contention between two groups that spoke entirely different languages: the Anglo-Saxons speaking Old English and the Normans speaking Norman French. The Norman victory in 1066 would have long-lasting implications for England and the English language. After the Normans conquered, Old English lost its prominence in England, initiating a linguistic transitional period. As a consequence of the Norman dominance over the hierarchical power structure of Britain, political power yielded dramatic linguistic changes in the English language.
McConnell, Sean, "How Political Aspirations Conceived a Dramatic Linguistic Shift" (2023). Student Works. 3.