The Making of England

The Making of England

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The Making of England

The Making of England

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The present work is only a partial realization of an old-standing project of mine, for it is now some ten or twelve years since I made collections for, and actually began, a history of England up to the Norman Conquest. This work, however, was interrupted by the preparation of my Short History, and has since been further delayed by my revision and expansion of that work; and, now that my hands are free, the state of my health forbids my carrying out this earlier plan in its full extent. I have thought it better, therefore, to gather up and complete what I could of the history of the earlier times up to the union of England under Ecgberht; and this the more because these years form a distinct period in our national history whose interest and importance have, I think, still to be fully recognized. They form, in fact, the period of the Making of England--the age during which our fathers conquered and settled over the soil of Britain, and in which their political and social life took the form which it still retains. The centuries of administrative organization which . . .

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