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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, less than royal dynasties that appeared mostly to France for thought and ideas, an English identification used to be born, dependent partly upon fight for regulate over the opposite elements of the British Isles (Scotland, Wales and Ireland), partly 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 out of the 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 infantrymen to students, upon whose company the social and highbrow foundations of Englishness now rest.

This the 1st publication within the 4 quantity short historical past of england which brings jointly a few 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 exciting tale telling, it's the perfect creation for college students and basic readers.

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England was precocious not only in terms of its sense of national identity, but in terms of its wealth. It was this potential bounty, over and above any other considerations, that first drew foreign invaders, Phoenicians and Romans of antiquity, Angles, Saxons and Jutes of the fifth century, Vikings of the ninth and tenth, and Normans and Frenchmen of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, to stake their claims to rule or own the land. There is every sign that England was extremely wealthy. There is very little proof of the source from which this prosperity derived.

410 AD. More likely, however, the wealth of the Anglo-Saxons derived from animal rather than from mineral or human resources, in particular from the export of wool. Wool exports can be meaningfully measured only from the late thirteenth century, but this was a trade in all likelihood much more ancient. It was English wool, spun and dyed, sometimes in England, more often by foreign weavers and dyers, that supplied the English with many of their best-known exports: Lindsey blankets, Worsted from Norfolk, and above all, the most precious of products made from English wool, Scarlet, woven with twisted yarns according to techniques originating in Central Asia, dyed white, blue, green but most often carmine red.

In the 960s, the English King Edgar is said to have imposed an annual tribute of 300 wolf skins upon the Welsh, and grey wolf populations, recorded in the 1160s, did not become extinct in England until the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. Wild boar, threatened with extinction by the thirteenth century, were still maintained for hunting as late as the reign of Charles I. In the 1220s, the bishop of Winchester is to be found hunting for ‘pigs’, by which we can almost certainly assume ‘wild boar’, in his park at Taunton.

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