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By Vincent, Nicholas

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From the conflict of Hastings to the conflict of Bosworth box, Nicholas Vincent tells the tale of ways Britain was once 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, lower than royal dynasties that appeared mostly to France for suggestion and ideas, an English id was once born, established partly upon fight for keep watch over 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 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 company the social and highbrow foundations of Englishness now rest.

This the 1st e-book within the 4 quantity short heritage of england which brings jointly the various 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 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.

More people lived in villages than in towns, though towns there undoubtedly were, and it was upon towns such as London, Winchester, Norwich and York that much of the economic activity of the countryside was focussed, not only because towns boasted markets, but because the urban population needed to be fed. Merely feeding the population of London, by the thirteenth century, was a major economic enterprise, consuming the surplus foodstuffs of Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Essex and ensuring a large part of the prosperity of the south-east.

There is every sign that England was extremely wealthy. There is very little proof of the source from which this prosperity derived. It came perhaps from the mining of metals, above all tin, but lead too, and gold and silver, which, though now confined to a single gold mine in Wales, were in the early Middle Ages possibly abundant in the Mendips and the hills of Cumberland. These mineral resources probably first drew Britain into contact with the Mediterranean world, as long ago as the fifth century bc, when a Phoenician admiral reported the mineral wealth of Cornwall, long before Julius Caesar conceived of a Roman military conquest of Britain.

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