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By David McDowall

This is an illustrated background of england from prehistoric occasions to the current day. The ebook analyzes the key political and army occasions in British background, and the place applicable, appears at those inside of a much wider, foreign context. It additionally describes daily life for women and men from diverse degrees of society in numerous a long time: the type of paintings they did, kinfolk lifestyles, and so on. Emphasis is additionally put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and fiscal advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the relatives among those nations and England also are discussed.Иллюстрированная история Великобритании с доисторических времен до настоящего момента. Книга анализирует главные политические и военные события в британской истории, смотрит на них в пределах более широкого, международного контекста. Описывает повседневную жизнь мужчин и женщин в различных уровнях общества и различных поколениях: вид работы, которую они сделали, семейная жизнь, и т.д. Акцент, также помещен на культурное, интеллектуальное, научное и экономическое развитие. Также даны важнейшие события в пределах Шотландии, Ирландии и Уэльса и отношения между этими странами и Англией.--

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T hat was not a "feuda l" th ing to do. In addit ion , th e nob les were acting in co-operation with the merch ant cl ass of towns. T he nobles did not allow John's successors to forget th is c harter and its promises. Every king recognised Magna Carta, until the Middle Ages ended in disorder and a ne w kind of mon arch y came into being in the sixtee nth century. There were othe r small signs th at feudalism was chang ing. W hen the kin g went to war he had th e righ t to forty days' fighting service from each of his lords.

Life was be tte r as a monk within the safe walls of a monastery than as a poor farmer outs ide. A monk co uld learn to read and write, and be sure of food and shelter. The mon asteries were centres of wealth and learn ing. In 1066 there were fifty religious houses in England, home for perhaps 1,000 mon ks and nuns. By the beginn ing of th e fourteenth cent ury there were probab ly about 900 religious houses, with 17, 500 members. Even though the populat ion in the fourteenth ce ntury was three times larger than it had been in 1066, the growth of the mon asteri es is impressive .

26 A t th e t ime both the possible heirs to Henry were on their own esta tes. Maril da was with her hu sban d in A njo u and Hen ry's neph ew. Srephen of Blois, was in Boulogne , only a day's jou rney by sea from England . As Henry had done before him , Ste phe n raced to England to cl aim the c rown. Al so as before, the nobles in England had to choose between Stcphe n, who was in England, and Mari lda. who had quarrelled with her fathe r and who was st ill in France. Most chose Srephc n, who seems to ha ve been good at fighti ng but littl e else.

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