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By Vincent, Nicholas

ISBN-10: 1845293967

ISBN-13: 9781845293963

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From the conflict of Hastings to the conflict of Bosworth box, Nicholas Vincent tells the tale of the way Britain used to be born.

When William, Duke of Normandy, killed King Harold and seized the throne of britain, England�s language, tradition, politics and legislation have been remodeled. Over the following 400 years, lower than royal dynasties that regarded largely to France for concept and concepts, an English id used to be born, dependent partially upon fight for regulate over the opposite components of the British Isles (Scotland, Wales and Ireland), partially upon competition with the kings of France. From those struggles emerged English legislation and an English Parliament, the English language, English humour and England�s first in a foreign country empires.

In this exciting and obtainable account, Nicholas Vincent not just tells the tale of the increase and fall of dynasties, yet investigates the lives and obsessions of a number of lesser women and men, from archbishops to peasants, and from squaddies to students, upon whose firm the social and highbrow foundations of Englishness now rest.

This the 1st ebook within the 4 quantity short background of england which brings jointly a number of the top historians to inform our nation�s tale from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the newest learn with available and interesting tale telling, it's the perfect creation for college kids and normal readers.

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The three surviving versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, maintained in at least three different locations, become extremely patchy, in some years recording few events, in others none at all. The so-called ‘Life of Edward’ (the Vita Edwardi), composed in the 1060s, either shortly before or shortly after the Norman Conquest, was the work of a Flemish monk hoping to please Queen Edith, writing in an obscure and poetic Latin which would be difficult to construe, even if the manuscript itself had survived intact, which it has not.

England may have been the Gold Coast of early medieval Europe, dependent upon the export of those same two commodities, gold and slaves, upon which a much later British Empire was to be founded. Bristol was almost certainly a centre for the trade in slaves to and from Ireland and Wales, and perhaps for silver from Wales or the Mendips, long before it became involved in the trade in gold and slaves from Africa or sugar from the Caribbean. St Patrick, one of the most mythologized yet significant figures in Irish history, may have begun his life as a slave, captured in what is today south-west England and traded to the Irish c.

Virtually everything written about Edward’s reign by foreign chroniclers was set down after the great cataclysm of 1066, on the whole to justify the Norman Conquest of England. It has to be read as propaganda rather than truth. Selecting which items of information to believe, and which to reject, becomes as difficult for the historian of late Anglo-Saxon England as it would be for a modern intelligence officer to construe the political development of China using nothing but official press bulletins.

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