A History of England, Volume 1: Prehistory to 1714 (6th by David Roberts, Clayton Roberts, Douglas R. Bisson

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By David Roberts, Clayton Roberts, Douglas R. Bisson

This two-volume narrative of English background attracts at the latest fundamental and secondary learn, encouraging scholars to interpret the complete variety of England’s social, financial, cultural, and political past.

A heritage of britain, quantity 1 (Prehistory to 1714), specializes in an important advancements within the historical past of britain in the course of the early 18th century. issues contain the Viking and Norman conquests of the eleventh century, the production of the monarchy, the Reformation, and the fantastic Revolution of 1688.

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The earliest kings were hardly more than warrior chiefs, enjoying the loyalty of their personal followers and living off their own estates. Gradually, a tribal, personal kingship became a territorial, institutional kingship. The Christian ceremonies of anointing and coronation set the king apart from other men as God’s chosen representative. Public f­ ealty sworn by all men supplemented the personal loyalty of man for lord. A king who could govern his small kingdom in person gave way to a king who acted through royal ­officials—ealdormen in the shires and port-reeves in the boroughs.

2 He then asked what was their race, and was told that they were Angles. ” Gregory thereupon asked the Pope to send him to Britain to convert the English, but the Pope, pressed by the citizens of Rome, refused to allow this able administrator to leave Rome. Gregory eventually became Pope himself and promptly initiated his long-cherished project. The time was ripe, for Gregory had recently heard that the English wished to become Christians and he knew that Ethelbert, the pagan King of Kent, had married a Christian princess from Gaul.

Latin civilization hardly touched them at all; they spoke no Latin and they worshipped Celtic gods in a hundred local shrines. For them, the Roman ­occupation meant compulsory grain deliveries and taxation. Nor did the towns prove permanent, as in Gaul and Spain. Once the Romans left, the towns began to decay—buildings were left unfinished and amphitheaters became local markets. Only where they served an economic purpose did they survive into the fifth century. e. Their fierce onslaught in the next century and a half swept away nearly everything Roman.

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