The Conquest of England

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CONTENTS.
CHAPTER I.
THE ENGLAND OF ECGBERHT.
A. D.PAGE
Political and Social Changes which Followed the Settlement of the Eng-
lish in Britain
1, 2
The Gradual Union of the Conquering and the Conquered Races2, 3
The Purely English. Form given to the New Society3
The Gradual Advance of Cultivation4, 5
Illustrated in the Condition of Dorset5-7
The Changes Brought about by the Introduction of Christianity8, 9
Its Long Strife with the Older Religions9-11
Its Bringing in of a New Social Class12
And of a Parochial Organization13
Results of this New Ecclesiastical System on the Old Onganization of
English Life
14, 15
Influence of Christianity in the Growth of Pilgrimages15, 16
The Pilgrims' Route17
The Popularity of Pilgrimages18
Influence of Christianity on Law19
Character of the First Written Codes of Law20, 21
Influence of Christianity on Early English Jurisprudence21
Early Development of the Conception of Public Justice22, 23
Origin of the Judicial Character of Folk-moot and Hundred-moot23, 24
The Extent of the Jurisdiction of the "Folk"23-25
The Limitations Introduced in the Right of Private Vengeance25-27
The Difficulties in Enforcing the "Folks' Justice"28, 29
Causes which Led to the Development of the Justice of the King29, 30
The King and his Court30
The King's Progresses31, 32
Their Influence on Public Justice32
The Results of the Consolidation of Britain into the Three Kingdoms --
In the Growing Importance of the King33
In the Decline of the Ætheling34
In the Elevation of the Thegn34
In the Loss of Power of the Folk-moot35
In the Change of Character of the Witenagemot35-37
Causes which Led to the Overthrow of the Balance of Power among
the Three Kingdoms
38

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