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An Illustrated History of Britain (Background Books) by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This can be an illustrated background of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The e-book analyzes the main political and army occasions in British background, and the place applicable, seems to be at those inside of a much broader, foreign context. It additionally describes lifestyle for women and men from assorted degrees of society in several a long time: the type of paintings they did, kin lifestyles, and so on. Emphasis can also be put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the kin among those international locations and England also are mentioned.

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England had always been famous for its wool , and in Anglo-Saxon times much of it had been exported to the Low Coun tries. In order to improve the manufacture of woollen cloth, Willi am the C onqueror encouraged Flemish weavers and other skilled workers from Normandy to settle in England . They he lped to estab lish new towns: Newcas tle, Hull, Boston, Lynn and ot he rs. These se ttlers had good connections with Europe and were able to begin a lively trade . Howe ver, raw wool rather than finished cloth remained the main expo rt.

The use of land in return for service. was beginn ing to weaken . But it too k anot he r three hundred years before it disappeared comp letely. 5 The power of the kings of England C hurch and state' The beginnings of Parliament· Dealing with the C elts Church and state John 's reign also marked th e end of the long struggle between C hurch and sta te in Englan d. This had begun in 1066 when th e pope claimed that Wi lliam had promised to acce pt him as his feudal lord. William refused to accept th is cla im.

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. It also tells us th at 80 per cent of th e land used for farming at the beginn ing of the twent ieth century was already being ploughed in 1086. In fact it was not unt il the n ineteenth centu ry th at the cult ivated area becam e greater than the level recorded in the Domesday Book.

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