During the time of his reign and even before, William knew very little to no English. As a result, the courts of the country and the nobility all conversed in French. Historians cite this fact as responsible for the implementation of French lexicon into the modern English language – for example, the words ‘Apostrophe’, ‘Toilet’, ‘Café’, and ‘Irony’ are all descended from Mediaeval French vocabulary!
He spoke no English (8/10)
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