Saturday, January 13, 2018

Question from Julian - Records of Early Modern English

I would appreciate any referrals to audio recordings of Early Modern English that I could buy. I have been re-creating the Persona of Matthew Baker, Henry VII's "great Esquire" since 2003. Having now assembled clothing, accessories, and an exhibition encampment, I thought that this year before my Lady and I get too old, we would make an attempt at Early Modern English pronunciation, speeches, and phrasing. The vocabulary and the phrasing are enshrined in contemporary documents and we have assembled a considerable library of transcriptions to help us. But the SOUNDS? Where can we find some audio recordings to buy? I understand Professor David Crystal is considered the suprmeme Authority on this subject - but i cannot find any audio recordings on sale anywhere. perhaps it's GIGO on my IT searches.Help?

1 comment:

PhD Historian said...

This may seem obvious, but have you tried YouTube? I know that there are dozens of videos there of experts reciting Shakespeare in seemingly authentic accents.