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

When William, Duke of Normandy, killed King Harold and seized the throne of britain, England�s language, tradition, politics and legislations have been reworked. Over the following 400 years, below royal dynasties that appeared largely to France for suggestion and concepts, an English identification was once born, established partly upon fight for regulate over the opposite elements of the British Isles (Scotland, Wales and Ireland), partially upon contention 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 another 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 bunch 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 many of the best historians to inform our nation�s tale from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the most recent study with available and pleasing tale telling, it's the excellent creation for college kids and basic readers.

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Some of the greatest of these stretched across the southern counties, from Kent through to Dorset. The Battle of Hastings was itself fought on the edges of the great forest of the Weald, known in the Anglo-Saxon period as ‘Andredes weald’, from the Roman name for Pevensey (‘Anderida’), precisely the port where William of Normandy landed on his arrival in England in September 1066. Elsewhere, however, regions that we think of as sparsely wooded, not least the Cotswolds and the Wolds of Lincolnshire (derived from the same Germanic root, ‘wald’, as the Kentish ‘Weald’) took their name from the rolling hills left behind when ancient forests that had once rivalled the extent of the German ‘Schwarzwald’ or ‘Odenwald’ were cleared.

They also suggest that already, as early as 1051, there was a crisis over the future succession to the English throne. Dover and Kent were the keys to England, and it is difficult not to interpret the offer of Dover to Eustace as in some way associated with Edward’s future plans for the throne. Certainly, after 1066, Eustace was to lobby long and loud for possession of Dover castle. In 1067, he was to attempt unsuccessfully to seize Dover as a point from which to launch his own bid for power. Succession Crisis?

There was also perhaps a sense, once again inherited from Bede, that there was something rather awful and un-Christian about the eating of beef. As early as the sixth century, Pope Gregory the Great, writing to Augustine of Canterbury on the conversion of the English to Christianity, had associated the eating of the flesh of cattle with the feasts of the pagan rather than with the Christian calendar. Christianity was a Mediterranean religion, from a region where the diet was principally vegetarian.

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