43 B.C: Romans invade the British Isles.
They rule them for 400 years
449 a.D. Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons and Jutes) begin to arrive.
Basis of Old English
597: St. Augustine & christian missionaires (more latin words)
789: Vikings. Danish invasion. New words from Norse
1066: Normans invade Britain. For over 300 years, French is the language of powerful people.
1337-1450: 100 Years War. French becomes the language of the enemy
1476-1650: Renaissance. Caxton introduces the printing press in Britain.
1700: Dictionaries, Grammars
1760-1880: Industrial revolution. Newly coined words
1st and 2nd World Wide Wars.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE GROWS.