In the century before the Norman Conquest of England, Normandy gradually emerged as a powerful player in the politics of northern Europe. Â Meanwhile, the language of the Normans underwent a major transition. The original Scandinavian language of the Normans gave way to a unique French dialect. In this episode, we explore the rise of Normandy and examine the changing language of the Normans. We also examine the legacy of the Norman vocabulary on Modern English.