A History of England, Volume 1: Prehistory to 1714 (6th by David Roberts, Clayton Roberts, Douglas R. Bisson

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By David Roberts, Clayton Roberts, Douglas R. Bisson

This two-volume narrative of English heritage attracts at the newest basic and secondary learn, encouraging scholars to interpret the whole variety of England’s social, financial, cultural, and political past.

A heritage of britain, quantity 1 (Prehistory to 1714), makes a speciality of crucial advancements within the heritage of britain during the early 18th century. issues comprise the Viking and Norman conquests of the eleventh century, the production of the monarchy, the Reformation, and the fantastic Revolution of 1688.

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But the persecution ended when ­Constantine embraced Christianity at the opening of the fourth century. In 314, British bishops from London, York, and Lincoln attended the Council of Arles. Britain also produced a Christian heretic, the learned Pelagius, who taught that man was born free of sin, possessed free will, and had the power to choose ­between good and evil.  ­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.

A delightful account of the British side of ­Roman Britain; contains an acute analysis of the social background of the villa system. Peter Salway. Roman Britain. Oxford, 1981. ­Authoritative, upto-date, judicious, lengthy, and dull; contains an ­annotative bibliography; best used as a work of reference. Tacitus. The Agricola and the Germania. Penguin Books, 1971. A detailed account of Agricola’s military campaigns by his sonin-law, Tacitus; and an account by Tacitus of the customs of the German people.

The thegn played a crucial role in Anglo-Saxon s­ ociety. He was a powerful warrior, surrounded by retainers, who served the king in battles and at court. In the earlier centuries lordship was a personal relationship and nobility was a matter of birth, but after Alfred’s reign lordship became associated with the possession of land and nobility could be won by service to the king. Bookland, or land granted by a charter and freed from food rents, became the ultimate reward for service to the king.

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