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From the conflict of Hastings to the conflict of Bosworth box, Nicholas Vincent tells the tale of ways 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 reworked. Over the following 400 years, lower than royal dynasties that regarded mostly to France for proposal and ideas, an English id used to be born, dependent partially upon fight for keep an eye on 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 legislations and an English Parliament, the English language, English humour and England�s first abroad empires.

In this exciting and available 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 infantrymen to students, upon whose firm the social and highbrow foundations of Englishness now rest.

This the 1st ebook within the 4 quantity short historical past of england which brings jointly a number of the prime historians to inform our nation�s tale from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the newest study with available and pleasing tale telling, it's the excellent creation for college students and normal readers.

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Moreover, and as with any Mafia-style division of authority between a few oligarchic families of rich and powerful bosses, the fewer the families the greater the storms and hatreds brewed up amongst the elite, and the more vicious the jockeying for position. From this, it was Godwin and his sons who emerged as the richest and most successful players. In a lawless environment, the more powerful the protector, the more those in need of protection will commend themselves to his authority. When the wolves are loosed, the hobbits will run for cover.

Tolkien’s vision continues to dominate much thinking about the Anglo-Saxons, relocated in a Tolkienesque England of well-governed and law-abiding make-believe: a Shire of freedom-loving hobbits writ large. Yet the definition of a law-abiding society must surely be one in which the law is widely known and applied, not only in peacetime but in time of disorder or war. The greatest crisis in the history of Anglo-Saxon England, which emerged in the 1050s and 60s over the question of an heir to the English King, was to be settled, not by lawyers or law codes, but by acts of violence and usurpation which themselves suggest that a large part of Anglo-Saxon law-making was mere window-dressing, intended to mask a rather more primitive and brutal reality.

It was within sight of these estuarial waters that much of the fate of eleventh century England was decided. It was here that the Viking fleets sought to hide, and it was here, at the battles of Maldon and Assendon, that Viking armies, themselves consisting of so many boatloads of marauders, decisively defeated English armies by land. The sea brought danger and foreign invaders, but it also brought wealth and an opportunity for nautical prowess. Even today, nearly a third of England’s overseas trade enters and leaves via the single great port of Felixstowe.

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