The Conquest of England

The Conquest of England

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The Conquest of England

The Conquest of England

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A few words of introduction are needed to the following unfinished story of the "Conquest of England," in which I may explain how far these pages, in their present form, represent the final work and intention of their writer. I cannot do this save by giving some short account of how the book was written, and the tale of the two volumes, the "Making of England" and the "Conquest of England," forms, in fact, but one story.

After Mr. Green had closed his fourth volume of his "History of the English People," an apparent pause in the illness against which he had long been struggling made it seem possible that some years of life might yet lie before him. For the first time he could look forward to labor less fettered and hindered than of old by stress of weakness, in which he might gather up the fruit of past years of preparation; and with the vehement ardor of a new hope he threw himself into schemes of work till then denied him. But he had scarcely begun to shape his plans when they were suddenly cut down. In the early spring of 1881 he was seized by a violent attack of illness, and it needed but a . . .

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