Ok, from the title you might have gathered that we’re going to be talking about Ceawlin today. Now from all this discussion of various anglo saxon leaders, you might have noticed that while I’ve been saying Cynric, Cerdic, and Ceawlin… with C being a CH sound… we also have this Cutha fellow in Wessex, and Creoda in Mercia. And there the C is being pronounced with a hard C sound rather than a CH. So what’s the deal there?
I mean, if you’re a member and are reading the rough transcripts, you’re probably expecting me to say chutha and chreoda. But no. From my reading, it’s Cutha. And now you might be wondering why there is that shift. And a linguist might be able to give you a more complete answer, but as far as I can tell Old English approaches spelling the same way modern English does.