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Mike asked:

This takes place right around 1000 CE in, at least at the very beginning, some sort of monastery in Ireland. Then a French Bishop gets off a ship and speechifies at them. There was no trouble with the characters understanding each other; is that realistic? What language would they all have been speaking? Latin? Old English?

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Mindy Houston Latin was the common tongue. If you read the entire book, you see where Ciaran was learning French and the various language barriers they encountered.
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