Why was French studied by scholars in the ancient times back when Latin was still famously studied? I read somewhere on Wikipedia that in the ancient times the scholars studied both Latin and French Latin I understand (I admire that language even though I don't know it) but why French? This leads me to asking if French was Latin's first child (It's children being romantic languages and English somewhat)? I know that phonetically it doesn't sound like that should the case, but think about what I just said. And no, I remember which article I read it in.