Completely revised and updated, this new edition improves the highly successful Essentials of Early English that went before it. In Essentials of Early English Jeremy Smith presupposes almost no knowledge whatsoever and covers the vast subject in one neat volume. The book covers the three key stages of Early English: Old, Middle and Early Modern. Accessible and user-friendly, the new edition brings the story up to the present day with a new section entitled 'From Early Modern English to Late Modern English' and includes web links, facsimiles of texts, and a new further reading section. Grammatical aspects are fully detailed and explained, and example texts with accompanying notes make this book ideal for any student studying English language or literature.