By R. J. A. White

ISBN-10: 0511608063

ISBN-13: 9780511608063

ISBN-10: 0521067847

ISBN-13: 9780521067843

ISBN-10: 0521094399

ISBN-13: 9780521094399

This is often an agreeable narrative, effortless to learn, of the historical past of the English country via twenty centuries. it's meant for the reader who desires a finished survey that brings out the $64000 strains of improvement yet doesn't clog the tale with too many proof, dates, treaties and battles. Underlying the account is a qualified scholar's acquaintance with ancient scholarship, conveyed as a stimulating succession of rules. The reader will get a robust experience of the evolution of English society: the aggregate of legislations, customized and innovation in its constitutional background; its curious mixture of features. there are various full of life - and occasionally impressive - quotations from the assets. Its compass is the total box of English heritage from the Roman career to the top of the 19th century; a quick postscript brings the tale as much as the current day.

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After the initial and highly efficient 'walk1 2 Large numbers of Bretons came with William, too. Maitland considered that the Danegeld alone was sufficient to reduce a nation of freemen to serfdom. 44 THE ANGLO-NORMAN STATE over', it was a long and bloody business, replete with scorchedearth tactics to rival those of Sherman's march from Atlanta to the sea nearly 800 years later. ' He would allow two obvious exceptions: the Norman Conquest and the Reformation. Both struck northern England with peculiar force, the one in its farms and homesteads, the other in its great religious houses.

Woodlands [ ^ F e n l a n d s r - ,. r mdlsUrIie ^- row 2 England c. D. 700 27 —Roads The Heptarchy, or seven Saxon kingdoms, consisted of Northumbrian Kent, Mercia, and the lands of the East Saxons, West Saxons, South Saxons, and the East Angles. (The later Danelaw consisted of the lands East of Watling Street, running roughly from Chester to St Albans. It included Northern England, the EasC and South Midlands, and East Anglia, in modern SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLAND but where it took place is lost in accretions of myth and legend.

Those which I liked. ' These were the first English laws to be consciously enacted; informal, gathered from many sources, but with general consent; they included the earlier laws of iEthelbert of Kent, Ine of 35 SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLAND Wessex and Offa of Mercia, along with the Mosaic Law and the Acts of the Apostles. 'Judge thou very fairly. ' Thus the voice of Alfred, the wise judge as well as the creator of English resistance and the navy. 'Alfred had me made' is as true of English law and scholarship as of the beautiful jewel which he had engraved with these words for all to see (now in the Ashmolean at Oxford).

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