the tudors

yew   Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:54 pm GMT
is the English spoken in the series The Tudors representative of the English spoken in that period or is it simple nowadays plain Received Pronuntiation?
Vinlander   Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:18 am GMT
its not even close you wouldnt understand it if it were
Damian London E14   Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:56 am GMT
If William Shakespeare rose from the dead on this fine June morning in 2010 and strolled around the streets of his former home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, dressed in present day garb and to all intents and purposes a 21st century man but speaking 16th century English he would undoubtedly experience some difficulty understanding the speech of the people* around him, and so would they when addressed by him, but it's highly likely there would be some modicum of comprehension on both sides I would suggest.

There's no doubt that he would be shocked to the core to see th prices of things in the shops though, and even more when he tried to fathom out just what the hell they actually were.

*The speech of the local people I mean - Stratford-upon-Avon is usally awash with people who are definitely not local, nor speaking English.
Damian Canary Wharf E14   Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:10 am GMT
Even without the bloopers on set poor old Will, the Bard of Avon, would not sound anything like the guys below all pretending to be Tudors.

The Tudors actually came from Wales originally, as the name Tudor is decidedly Welsh (Tudur being the Welsh language equivalent).

The town of Monmouth*, very close to the borders of the English counties of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, is the home of the Tudors, and the locals very much take pride in that, and especially when linked with that old warrior horse King Henry V, the hero of the hour on the battlefield of Agincourt in 1415.

*Say it as "MON-muth", and certainly not strictly phonetically, please.

Isn't Jonathan a real Tudor dish!....he speaks like that even when he isn't playing the part of an avaricious, randy old tyrant of a King concerned only about himself and his personal ambitions....
Robin Michael   Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:02 am GMT
Dear Damian

Do you sometimes wonder why you go cottaging around Antimoon?

Have you tried answering the questions in ask.antimoon?

Best Wishes

Robin Michael