England's Precedence

England's Precedence

England's Precedence

England's Precedence

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There are two tendencies in the world of historians today which seem to me to need some remedy. One is for the various compartments into which History is now divided-- Economic, Constitutional, Social, Political, Literary, and so forth, to exist in entire independence of each other, the students of each pursuing their special study as if it alone contained all of history that is worth recording. The other is for an ever widening gulf to open between the work of the researchers and experts and the textbooks and historical romances which give the less expert student and the general public their access to history. Professional historians, too, are apt to regard attempts to summarize and present the results of their labours to a wider public as arrogant or pretentious. I am aware that better men than I are trying none the less to do so, and it is in all humility that I offer this attempt of my own to give some account of what happened in Stuart England. My sources are almost all secondary, and the general debt which I owe to the great historians of this period, to S. R. Gardiner, to Professors Felling, Trevelyan and Clark, to Bishop Mathew, Dr. Tanner and Sir Arthur Bryant, will be seen clearly enough by students. Others I have acknowledged in the list of sources which are printed at the end of each chapter.

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