The Anthony Burgess is marvelous. Thank you for posting it. But I have to tell you, since I've been reading Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blog ever since I found it on elisem's journal earlier today, the first thing my brain flashed on was:
Depe did we stepe ourselves in drinke. Thenne—and by the waye ich assume thou wilt kepe this knowledge from dere Philippa!—we dide thynges that wolde make Alanus of Lille his hede explode. We dide thynges that wolde make Peter Damyan spontaneouslie combuste. We dide thynges that are notte even listede in Burchard of Worms. Rim, ram, ruf!