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Old Frisian was the West Germanic language spoken between the 8th and 16th centuries by the people who, from their ancient homes in North Germany and Denmark, had settled in the area between the Rhine and Elbe on the European North Sea coast in the 4th and 5th centuries. It is not known what language the earlier inhabitants of the region (the Frisians famously mentioned by Tacitus) used. West Germanic is the largest branch of the Germanic family of languages, including such languages as English, Dutch, and German. ... (7th century — 8th century — 9th century — other centuries) Events The Iberian peninsula is taken by Arab and Berber Muslims, thus ending the Visigothic rule, and starting almost 8 centuries of Muslim presence there. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Jump to: navigation, search At 1,320 km (820 miles), the Rhine (German Rhein, French Rhin, Dutch Rijn, Romansch: Rein) is one of the longest rivers in Europe. ... The Elbe River (Czech Labe   listen?, Sorbian/Lusatian Łobjo, Polish Łaba, German Elbe, Hungarian Elba) is one of the major waterways of central Europe. ... The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... (3rd century - 4th century - 5th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 4th century was that century which lasted from 301 to 400. ... // Events Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor Rome sacked by Visigoths in 410. ... The Roman historian Tacitus, in his Germania, mentioned the Frisians among people he grouped together as the Ingvaeones. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gaius Cornelius Tacitus Publius or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus (ca. ...


During the whole of the Middle Ages Fryslân was monolingual and autonomous, but Latin was the written and official language; there are some early Frisian names preserved in Latin texts, but the oldest surviving texts in Old Frisian date from the 13th century. They show a considerable degree of linguistic uniformity. This article is about the province Friesland in the Netherlands. ... Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...


After Fryslân (now the Dutch province Friesland) gave up its independence and became part of the Dutch Republic, Old Frisian lost its status as official language. The period 1550 - 1800 is designated Middle Frisian, when the language was rarely recorded in writing. Modern Frisian, which had broken into three dialects in the intervening centuries, begins after 1800. The majority of speakers of Modern Frisian speak West Frisian. This article is about political regions. ... Jump to: navigation, search Fryslân province Frisian cattle The Frisian flag (water lily leaves on water) Friesland is a province in the north of the Netherlands. ... This article is about the Dutch United Provinces. ...


There exist runic inscriptions in Old Frisian, and from the 13th century until 1550, official and legal documents survive. Technical note: Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... Events February 7 - Julius III becomes Pope. ... This article is about law in society. ...


The people from North Germany and Denmark who settled in England from the 4th century onward, came from the same region and spoke the same language as the people who had settled in Fryslân. Therefore a close resemblance exists between Old Frisian and Old English. Jump to: navigation, search Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK... Jump to: navigation, search Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ...


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