Elegant Extracts, Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages from the Best English Authors and Translations; Principally Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 2

Elegant Extracts, Or, Useful and Entertaining Passages from the Best English Authors and Translations; Principally Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... word conqutst; which, in its feodal acceptation, signifies no more than acquisition: and this has led many hasty writers into a strange historical mistake, and one which upon the flightest examination will he found to be most untrue. However, certain it is, that the Normans now began to gain very large possessions in England: and their regard for their feodal law, under which they had long lived, together with the king's recommendation of this policy to the English, as the best way to put themselves on a military footing, and thereby to prevent any suture attempts from the continent, were probably the reasons that prevailed to effect his establishment here. And perhaps we may be able to ascertain the time of this great revolution in our landed property with a tolerable degree of exactness. For we learn from the Saxon Chronicle, that in the nine. teenth year of king William's reign an invasion was apprehended from Denmark; and the military constitution of the Saxons being then laid aside, and no other introduced in its stead, the kingdom was wholly defenceless: which occasioned the king to bring over a large army of Normans and Bretons, who were quartered upon every landholder, and greatly oppressed the people. This apparent weakness, together with the grievances occasioned by.a foreign force, might co-operate with the king's remonstrances, and the better incline the nobility to listen to his proposals forputting them in a posture of defence. For, as soon as the danger was over, the king held a great council to enquire into the state of the nation; the immediate consequence of which was the compiling of the great survey called Domesday book, which was, finished ia the next year; and in the latter end of that very year the king wa- attended...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236579070
  • 9781236579072