Would you be surprised to find out Shakespeare's works  are written in Modern English? It's true! Modern English started in about 1450 . Granted, Shakespeare's time included the early years of the Modern English period (1450-1800), while we live in the Late Modern English period (1800 onward). There are some differences, but not many. See for yourself .
Curious to learn more interesting facts about the English language? If so, you'll enjoy this historical tour of the language:
The Language Wars: A History of Proper English  by Henry Hitchings
The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
The Story of English  by Robert McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil
The Story of English: How the English Language Conquered the World  by Philip Gooden