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 He was also acutely aware of regional variations. We saw
him referring to his own Kentish background in the preface
to his first translation, another theme which recurred at the
end of his life.
 As a translator of books which were to be printed Caxton
had to ensure that the language which he used was
acceptable to quite a wide group of potential readers and
 As far as the social position of his language was concerned
Caxton’s solution was to strike what he perceived as a
balance but he aimed his language not at rude men but at ‘a
clerke and a noble gentylman’.
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