1. What happened in 1066?
Then he remembered: he was safe, in the castle of his uncle, Lord Thorkill of Arden. The only thing that reminded him of his past was a golden ring that he had found in the forest and that he never took off his finger. Elmer believed that the ring had saved him four years ago. The boy's face relaxed. He opened his eyes and smiled at the old man, who was sitting next to his bed.
"Get up, my boy!" Uncle Thorkill said, "We have a very busy day! I'm going to invitе somе important people: Baron Мiles Crispin and his wifе, and Dukе Robert..."
"What are you saying, uncle! These people are all Normans. How can you invite them to my birthday?"
"You are fourteen today. It's time to think about your future. These peoole are very rich. One day they'll introduce you to our King William. By the way how's your French? Have you made any progress?"
"Оh, plеase, don't ask mе abоut my Frenсh. You know I hate the language Why don t you invite our good neighbours, Lord Saewold and ЫьЛмТп Lord Wolf and Lady Catherine?"
"Stop it, Elmer. These people are nothing. They have lost their lands. And hose who still have some land are tenants of Baron Miles Crispin That's the end of the conversation! This evening you must be in the great hall And don t be late!"
Lord Thorkill left, and Elmer ran down through the great hall, and out of the house. He needed to talk to his best friend Sigurd. Sigurd helped Lord Thorkill s cook in the kitchen and Elmer could always find him in the back yard of the castle, but not today. When Elmer finally got to his friend Sigurd was crying.
"What's happened?" Elmer whispered, "Why are you crying, friend?"
"I'll be tine. Don't worry about mе, Sir Еlmer. You are the nephew of Lord I horkill of Arden, and I'm his slave. How can we be friends?"
"Yesterday I cooked dinner and Lord Thorkill didn't like it. The cow was сold, thе swinе was hard and I burnt thе dеer. So when thе соok heard about it, he beat me. He often does that, so don't worry about me "
"But that's not true! Dinner yesterday was great. The beef was hot the pork was nice and soft, and the venison was very good... Don't look away Sigurd. Ialk to me."
"You speak like a Norman! Only the Normans call a cow - beef a swine - pork, and a deer - venison. We, English don't use these words What's happened to you, Elmer? Are you forgetting your own language?"
"We must run away. I heard about a won¬derful man called Hereward. In 1066 the Normans killed all the family and he started a war against them. All the noblest and bravest of the English who want to fight against King William join Hereward. He has made his camp at the Island of Ely near the old monastery, and the monks are helping him too."
"The Island of Ely. That's far away in the wild land of the fens."
"Of course, I'm with you, Elmer."
They didn't have to wait long for the answer. When the bridge was ready, all the peasants had to leave. So Hereward and his people knew: the Normans are going to attack and were ready. But nothing in the world could prepare them for what was going to happen. Just before sunset everybody heard an ugly loud voice. "I curse you, Englishmen. I have spoken with the spirits. You'll be dead by the end of this night. All of you!" Elmer looked up. There was a horrible ugly witch on top of the tower. Elmer was afraid of the witches, but suddenly he felt something warm on his finger. It was the ring. And at that moment Elmer was not afraid any more. He looked around and saw the Normans. They were coming, but nobody saw them. All his friends were looking up at the witch and didn't move. "Don't listen to her," Elmer shouted, "It's a trap!
After this victory Hereward and his friends celebrated for days. Only the monks didn't look happy. They were tired of the war, and they didn't like simple food and wine. They wanted to return to their nice, easy life without Hereward and his army. Elmer saw this and tried to warn Hereward, but he just laughed.
And then it happened. One cold winter night the monks led the Norman soldiers through the woods. They moved quickly and silently, and their attack was deadly. When the sun had set, the sky was red with the flames from burning English homes. Many people were dead, many became prisoners, but Hereward. Elmer and Sigurd escaped. "This is where I must say goodbye to you, Elmer," Hereward said. "Go back to your uncle, he loves you." "I won't take anything from him. He is friends with the Normans. He's forgotten his English blood," Elmer replied. "That's not true, my friend, your uncle has been secretly helping me all this time. He has been sending me food and money. He told me about the Norman's plans. And he knew that you, Elmer, were with me. He's old; he has no children so everything he has will be yours. That's a lot of land and money. Take it and be a good master."
1. Where did Elmer live?
1. French words came to the English language.
1. What was the name of the English leader?
К. И. Кауфман, М. Ю. Кауфман Английский язык: Счастливый английский.ру / Happy English.ru: Учебник англ. яз. для 8 кл. общеобраз. учрежд.— Обнинск: Титул, 2008.— 288 с: ил.
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