By R. J. A. White
This is often an agreeable narrative, effortless to learn, of the background of the English state via twenty centuries. it really is meant for the reader who desires a finished survey that brings out the real strains of improvement yet doesn't clog the tale with too many evidence, dates, treaties and battles. Underlying the account is a certified scholar's acquaintance with ancient scholarship, conveyed as a stimulating succession of principles. The reader will get a powerful experience of the evolution of English society: the combination of legislation, customized and innovation in its constitutional heritage; its curious mixture of features. there are many vigorous - and infrequently amazing - quotations from the assets. Its compass is the entire box of English background from the Roman career to the tip of the 19th century; a short postscript brings the tale as much as the current day.
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It may well be that Vortigern's chief'crime' was that he favoured the Pelagian heresy. It is hard luck for the Romano-Britons that they cannot speak for themselves; later Saxon church-historians are our sole guide, along with Celtic myths round the shadowy figure of the last Roman, Ambrosianus, and his even more shadowy successor, Arthur. |]Woodlands [ ^ F e n l a n d s r - ,. r mdlsUrIie ^- row 2 England c. D. 700 27 —Roads The Heptarchy, or seven Saxon kingdoms, consisted of Northumbrian Kent, Mercia, and the lands of the East Saxons, West Saxons, South Saxons, and the East Angles.
423) Britain's revenues had been lost to the empire for ever. Honorius, when he recalled the last legions to help save Rome from the onslaughts of Alaric the Goth, had told the British towns after their pitiful appeal that 'they must look after their own defences', and had probably meant to return as former emperors had done. But the defence of the western empire never allowed time or men to recover the lost territory. What sort of fight the British put up when left as a civilian population, and attacked not only by Saxon pirates from the North Sea, but overrun by Picts and Scots who had finally breached the Wall, is still a matter for violent controversy.
Libraries had been carefully collected together. Perhaps the work of Benedict Biscop, a Northumbrian nobleman with a passion, and the means, for collecting valuable manuscripts for his monastic foundation at Jarrow and Wearmouth, did more than anything else to bring about the 'Northumbrian renaissance' 36 SAXON ENGLAND (c. 670-735). Bede, the first English historian, was its finest flower, and one of the greatest scholars of his age. He has an outstanding output, culminating in his celebrated 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People', completed in 731.
A Short History of England by R. J. A. White