Could someone compare the distance between Modern French and Middle French to Modern English and Middle English. In general which of these languages has diverged more over time?

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    There are many different methodologies for such calculation. Also, I'm afraid there's no comprehensive work for historic languages/dialects. For modern/existing ones, see here and here. Nov 15, 2016 at 0:55
  • I am talking more about the distance between stages of the languages themselves. ie Is it easier for a modern Briton to read XV century English literature or for a French person to read XV century French literature? Nov 15, 2016 at 2:44
  • So pronunciation or written? Give me a text in Middle English and the same one in Modern English, and give me a similar text in Middle French and the same in Modern French and I can try to answer for written language. Nov 15, 2016 at 21:24