By Vincent, Nicholas
From the conflict of Hastings to the conflict of Bosworth box, Nicholas Vincent tells the tale of ways 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 subsequent 400 years, lower than royal dynasties that appeared largely to France for concept and concepts, an English id used to be born, dependent partly upon fight for keep watch over over the opposite elements of the British Isles (Scotland, Wales and Ireland), partially upon competition with the kings of France. From those struggles emerged English legislations and an English Parliament, the English language, English humour and England�s first in a foreign 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 squaddies 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 many of the best historians to inform our nation�s tale from the Norman Conquest of 1066 to the present-day. Combining the newest study with obtainable and unique tale telling, it's the perfect creation for college students and common readers.
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There is every reason to suppose that this was a much more ancient phenomenon, and that the rise of Flanders tells us much about the rise of the English wool trade. Without sheep, and without Flemish merchants to trade their wool, the very idea of England might have been just one of those good ideas left unfinished on the cosmic drawing board. By the eleventh century, across the continent, from northern France down to southern Italy, England was famed not only for its wools but for its role in associated luxury trades: precious metalwork, intricately painted manuscripts, and perhaps above all for the manufacture of ‘Opus Anglicanum’, literally ‘English Work’: luxuriously decorated vestments, painted by needle with silks, pearls and the most precious of gold and silver thread, that through to the fifteenth century and beyond kept the English brand current upon the luxury export markets of the world.
It was such land, inherited, purchased or acquired, upon which the sheep were fattened to supply wool, and from which grain was harvested to feed the men and women who sheared, milked and fed the sheep. The land and the landscape of England into which William of Normandy came were, of course, very different from those which a visitor to England, even two centuries later, would have found. England in the year 1000 was above all a land of forests and woods. Some of the greatest of these stretched across the southern counties, from Kent through to Dorset.
Unless we assume wholescale genocide, either when the Celts arrived in the fifth century bc, or again with the coming of the Germanic Angles and Saxons from the 400s onwards (and in neither case has the idea of genocide found favour with the scientists, from DNA or blood-test analysis), it seems certain that the population consisted for the most part of a mixture of long-established peoples, ruled over from the top end of society by war bands of Celts, Romans or, later, Saxons. To this already rich mix, the ninth and tenth centuries added further migrants.