An Illustrated History of Britain by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This is often an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The e-book analyzes the most important political and army occasions in British historical past, and the place acceptable, seems at those inside of a much broader, foreign context. It additionally describes way of life for women and men from diversified degrees of society in several a long time: the type of paintings they did, kinfolk lifestyles, and so forth. Emphasis is additionally put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the family among those nations and England also are mentioned.

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These friars were wandering preach ers. Th ey were interested not in C hurch power and splendo ur, but in the souls of ordina ry men and women . They lived with the poor and tried to bring th e co mfort of C hristian ity to them . They lived in contrast with the wealth and power of the monaste ries and cathedra ls, the local centres of the C hurch . Ordinary people in country and town There were proba bly between I. 5 and 2 million people living in England in 1066. T he Domesday Book tells us that nine-tenths of them lived in the 6 G ove rnment and soc iety countryside.

Na turally these judges, travelling from place to place, administered the same law wherever they went. This might seem obvious now, but since Saxon times local customs and laws had varied from one place to ano the r. The law admin istered by th ese travelling judges beca me kn own as "common law", because it was used everywhe re. England was unlike the rest of Europe because it used co mmon law. Centurie s later. England's common law system was used in the United States (the North A mer ican co loni es) and in many ot her British co lon ial possessions, and acce pted whe n these becam e nat ion s in their own right.

The manor again became th e centre of loca l life and admin istra t ion . Henr y 1I was ruler of far more land than any previous king . As lord of A njou he adde d h is fat he r's land s to th e fami ly empire. Afte r his marriage to Elean or of Aqu itaine he also ruled the lands south of A njo u. Henry ll 's empi re stretched from th e Scott ish border to th e Pyren ees. 4 Conquest and feudal rule Four kJnRs of the early Middle Ages: (top row) Henry fI, Richard 1, (bonorn TOW) John mul Henry 111.

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