What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur sounded like.

Chaucer’s English is the weirdest for me to listen to, since it sounds a lot like a half-half transition between English and Old Norse, even moreso than Old English does (which I can “understand” more from knowing a bit of ON than I can from speaking modern English).

Basically, modern English is super, super modern. Which makes the stereotype we have of people in Ye Olde Medieval Fantasy England speaking in RP… interesting.