The History of England Volume I
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Liberty Fund
Title Page, Copyright
Table of Contents
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WHEN DAVID HUME began his History of England the undertaking came, not from any sudden resolve nor as an entirely new enterprise, but as one possibly contemplated thirteen years before, in 1739, probably attempted several times thereafter, and...
The Life of David Hume
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Letter From Adam Smith, LL.D. To William Strahan, Esq.
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The History of England
I. The Britons - Romans - Saxons - The Heptarchy - The kingdom of Kent - of Northumberland - of East-Anglia - of Mercia - of Essex - of Sussex - of Wessex
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THE CURIOSITY, entertained by all civilized nations, of enquiring into the exploits and adventures of their ancestors, commonly excites a regret that the history of remote ages should always be so much involved in obscurity, uncertainty, and contradiction...
II. Egbert - Ethelwolf - Ethelbald and Ethelbert - Ethered - Alfred the Great - Edward the Elder - Athelstan - Edmund - Edred - Edwy - Edgar - Edward the Martyr
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THE KINGDOMS of the Heptarchy, though united by so recent a conquest, seemed to be firmly cemented into one state under Egbert; and the inhabitants of the several provinces had lost all desire of revolting from that monarch, or of restoring their former...
III. Ethelred - Settlement of the Normans - Edmund Ironside - Canute the Great - harold Harefoot - Hardicanute - Edward the Confessor - Harold
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THE FREEDOM, which England had so long enjoyed from the depredations of the Danes, seems to have proceeded, partly from the establishments, which that pyratical nation had obtained in the north of France, and which employed all their superfluous...
Appendix I. The Anglo-Saxon Government and Manners
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THE GOVERNMENT of the Germans, and that of all the northern nations, who established themselves on the ruins of Rome, was always extremely free; and those fierce people, accustomed to independance and enured to arms, were more guided by persuasion...
IV. William the Conqueror
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NOTHING COULD exceed the consternation which seized the English, when they received intelligence of the unfortunate battle of Hastings, the death of their king, the slaughter of their principal nobility and of their bravest warriors, and the rout and dispersion...
V. William Rufus
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WILLIAM, sirnamed Rufus or the Red, from the colour of his hair, had no sooner procured his father's recommendatory letter to Lanfranc, the primate, than he hastened to take measures for securing to himself the government of England. Sensible, that a deed so...
VI. Henry I
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AFTER THE ADVENTURERS in the holy war were assembled on the banks of the Bosphorus, opposite to Constantinople, they proceeded on their enterprize; but immediately experienced those difficulties, which their zeal had hitherto concealed from them...
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IN THE PROGRESS and settlement of the feudal law, the male succession to fiefs had taken place some time before the female was admitted; and estates, being considered as military benefices, not as property, were transmitted to such only as could serve in the armies, and...
VIII. Henry II
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THE EXTENSIVE CONFEDERACIES, by which the European potentates are now at once united and set in opposition to each other, and which, though they are apt to diffuse the least spark of dissention throughout the whole, are at least attended with this advantage, that they...
IX. Henry II
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As BRITAIN was first peopled from Gaul, so was Ireland probably from Britain; and the inhabitants of all these countries seem to have been so many tribes of the Celtae, who derive their origin from an antiquity, that lies far beyond the records of any history or tradition...
X. Richard I
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THE COMPUNCTION of Richard, for his undutiful behaviour towards his father, was durable, and influenced him in the choice of his ministers and servants after his accession. Those who had seconded and favoured his rebellion, instead of meeting with that trust and...
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THE NOBLE AND FREE genius of the ancients, which made the government of a single person be always regarded as a species of tyranny and usurpation, and kept them from forming any conception of a legal and regular monarchy, had rendered them entirely ignorant...
Appendix II. The Feudal and Anglo-Norman Government and Manners
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THE FEUDAL LAW is the chief foundation, both of the political government and of the jurisprudence, established by the Normans in England. Our subject therefore requires, that we should form a just idea of this law, in order to explain the state, as well of that...
Notes to the First Volume
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Page Count: 537
Publication Year: 2012
Edition: New Edition