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There will be English speakers whose 12th century ancestors hail from somewhere other than England, who are nonetheless fascinated by the 12th century form of their mother tongue. I imagine there will also be interest from some who speak English as a second language, just as some English speakers without French ancestry are fascinated by Old French and the Occitan (Proven├žal) of the troubadours.

That said, I believe one group will benefit most from this site - those who trace their ancestry to medieval England. There is an added dimension in Early Middle English for those whose forebears spoke Early Middle English, just as there is an added dimension in the Irish language for those with Irish ancestry or in Italian for those with Italian ancestry. The theme of ancestral identity and the role of Early Middle English for the modern Anglo-Saxon, lies at the core of Audrey's journey in Anglo-Saxon without tears. You can find out more about this at Meet the ancestors.

Whatever your ancestry, welcome, and enjoy, as long as you intend to use this site and the language it teaches, in a spirit of good will to all. If you are selective about good will, or are unsure what that means, please see the second paragraph in the section below on Permissions and prohibitions.

Permissions and prohibitions

You are free to copy all sections of this site, with the exception of Anglo-Saxon without tears, on condition that the source is attributed and that your purpose is not commercial gain. Audrey's story - Anglo-Saxon without tears, may not be copied. Copyright for that rests with the author.

In the following, 'background' refers to any of religion, ethnicity, culture, nationality or ancestry. I hereby prohibit linking to this site from any site or app which promotes disharmony between people of different backgrounds or calls for the separation, exclusion, eviction or harassment of any group, or the limiting of the rights of any group, on the basis of their background. I also prohibit mentioning this site in a publicly distributed text (hand-written or printed or photo-copied), or in a public speech which in any way promotes social disharmony.

Adrian Neilson Hall
Concord West NSW, Australia
24 September 2016