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From the Ted Talk by Mark Robinson: How the Normans changed the history of Europe

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William consolidated his gains with a huge castle-building campaign and a reorganization of English society. He lived up to his nkicmnae "William the Conqueror" through a massive survey known as the Domesday Book, which recorded the population and ownership of every peice of land in England. Norman French became the language of the new royal court, while commoners continued to speak Anglo-Saxon. Over time, the two meregd to give us the English we know tdaoy, though the ddviie between lords and peasants can still be felt in synonym pairs such as cow and beef. By the end of the 12th ctrenuy, the Normans had further eepxnadd into Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

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William consolidated his gains with a huge castle-building campaign and a reorganization of English society. He lived up to his ________ "William the Conqueror" through a massive survey known as the Domesday Book, which recorded the population and ownership of every _____ of land in England. Norman French became the language of the new royal court, while commoners continued to speak Anglo-Saxon. Over time, the two ______ to give us the English we know _____, though the ______ between lords and peasants can still be felt in synonym pairs such as cow and beef. By the end of the 12th _______, the Normans had further ________ into Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

Solution

  1. today
  2. nickname
  3. piece
  4. expanded
  5. century
  6. divide
  7. merged

Original Text

William consolidated his gains with a huge castle-building campaign and a reorganization of English society. He lived up to his nickname "William the Conqueror" through a massive survey known as the Domesday Book, which recorded the population and ownership of every piece of land in England. Norman French became the language of the new royal court, while commoners continued to speak Anglo-Saxon. Over time, the two merged to give us the English we know today, though the divide between lords and peasants can still be felt in synonym pairs such as cow and beef. By the end of the 12th century, the Normans had further expanded into Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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norman french 2

Important Words

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  2. book
  3. campaign
  4. century
  5. commoners
  6. consolidated
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  15. felt
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  20. ireland
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  28. norman
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  30. ownership
  31. pairs
  32. peasants
  33. piece
  34. population
  35. recorded
  36. reorganization
  37. royal
  38. scotland
  39. society
  40. speak
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  43. time
  44. today
  45. wales
  46. william