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By David McDowall

This can be an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric occasions to the current day. The ebook analyzes the most important political and army occasions in British historical past, and the place applicable, appears to be like at those inside of a much broader, overseas context. It additionally describes lifestyle for women and men from varied degrees of society in several a while: the type of paintings they did, family members lifestyles, and so on. Emphasis is additionally put on cultural, highbrow, medical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the family among those international locations and England also are mentioned.

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For example, if a dead body was found , th e Saxons had to prove that it was not the bod y of a murdered N orman. If they could not prove it, th e Nor mans would burn the nearest village. The Norman ruling class on ly really began to mix with and marry th e Saxons, and consider th em selves "English" rathe r than Fren ch , afte r King John lost No rmandy in 1204. Even th en , dislike remain ed between the rulers and the ruled. Every schoo lch ild kn ows the story of Rob in Hood, which grew out of Saxon hatred for Norma n rule.

Befo re giv ing it to anot he r noble. If the king di ll n ot give the no bles land th ey would not fig h t for him . Be tween 1066 and the mid fourteenth ce ntury there were on ly thirty years of complete peace . So feuda l duties were extreme ly important. T he king had to make sure he had enough satisfied nobl es who would be will ing to tigh r for h im. W illiam gave o ur land a ll over Englan d to his nob les, By 1086 h e wanted to kn ow exac tly who owned whic h piece of land . and how much it was worth.

By the time the English kings were ruling half of Fran ce as well the y cou ld no longer travel everywhe re themselves. Instead , they sent nobles and kni gh ts from th e royal househ old to act as she riffs. But eve n th is syste m needed people who could administe r ta xation, justice , and cartI' out th e king's instructi ons. It was obviously not practi cal for all th ese people to follow the king ever ywhere. At first th is "administration" was based in Wi nc hester, but by the time of Edward I, in 1290, it had moved to Westminste r.

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