On Dec 27, 4:20 am, John Stafford <n...@droffats.ten> wrote: > I have come into this thread late with a poor browser. Excuse me if I > ask a stupid question. > > When Latin fell from favor for international communication, scholarly or > other, in what field (if any in particular) did it fail first? Was Latin > particularly useful in the physical sciences or the philosophical > discourse when it began its decline?
It's decline first appeared in religion. In the Reformation there were many forces that decided it would be a good idea to give non-latin speakers the opportunity to read the bible for themselves in their own languages. This nicely co-incided with the invention of printing though earlier moves had been made to anglicise the bible. The real impact would have to wait for Gutenburg.