A video on the linguistic history of English...
I'd been looking around for something like this for a while, it helped me understand the relationship between English, German, and the Romance language much better.
Hopefully it can help out others as well in piecing together why some words sound similar among the languages and others don't.
The poster is a whole virtual course on linguistics, it looks rather well done.
Peace, Dan O.
I think that's more in the followup, the ME period and how English managed to survive 300 years of French dominance in England and grow to become a major language. Short-story, standardization from the printing press, great literary works (Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare, Etc), the translation of the Bible, and the spread of these things by ship to the colonies and other global trading partners.