Barszczow A. N. (orpheus_samhain) wrote in linguaphiles,
Barszczow A. N.
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ENGLISH: had scarcely become King than...

I wanted to ask if this construction has any name:

Francis had scarcely become King than he turned his eyes upon Italy, [...]

from the preface to the Heptameron by Margaret, Queen of Navarre.
Tags: english, grammar english
It's right to my ear but not to my head. I feel like it might/should be "then" rather than "than" . . . . When did those words differentiate?

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