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By David Roberts, Clayton Roberts, Douglas R. Bisson

ISBN-10: 0205867774

ISBN-13: 9780205867776

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

A historical past of britain, quantity 1 (Prehistory to 1714), makes a speciality of crucial advancements within the heritage of britain in the course of the early 18th century. subject matters comprise the Viking and Norman conquests of the eleventh century, the construction of the monarchy, the Reformation, and the fantastic Revolution of 1688.

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The most crushing of these impositions was the Danegeld, a land tax the king originally collected in order to buy off the Danes but that later kings collected to support a standing army. The powers of the king went beyond leading his tribe in war; he could now codify old law and declare new, grant land by charters, mint coins, receive and send embassies, and require his subjects to serve in the militia, repair fortifications, and build bridges. When declaring law, granting land, or resolving on war, the king nearly always consulted with the Witan, a council of wise men.

But his small navy could not intercept all invaders, so Alfred also ­strengthened his defenses on land. Wessex had nearly met disaster in 878 because of the slowness with which the fyrd was mobilized. Alfred therefore divided it into two halves, so that half of his peasant levies could be in the field of garrisoning forts while the other half were at home farming. A similar division among his thegns, the more important military force, made longer campaigns possible. Finally, Alfred began to build a network of fortresses, or burhs, throughout his realm.

Augustine’s belief that man, because of his sinful n ­ ature, is completely dependent on God’s grace for ­s alvation.  ­Augustine’s teachings became the orthodox teachings of the Church, but Pelagius’s ideas became popular in his native land.  ­G ermanus of Auxerre to Britain in 429. His m ­ ission was a success; the British Church returned to orthodoxy. It was, therefore, the orthodox faith of Rome that St.  ­Germanus at Auxerre, carried into Ireland in 462, and that other 21 Celtic missionaries carried to Wales and Scotland.

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