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An Illustrated History of Britain by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This is an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The publication analyzes the key political and army occasions in British heritage, and the place acceptable, appears to be like at those inside a much wider, foreign context. It additionally describes way of life for women and men from various degrees of society in numerous a long time: the type of paintings they did, relatives lifestyles, and so on. Emphasis is usually put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside Scotland, eire and Wales and the kinfolk among those international locations and England also are discussed.Иллюстрированная история Великобритании с доисторических времен до настоящего момента. Книга анализирует главные политические и военные события в британской истории, смотрит на них в пределах более широкого, международного контекста. Описывает повседневную жизнь мужчин и женщин в различных уровнях общества и различных поколениях: вид работы, которую они сделали, семейная жизнь, и т.д. Акцент, также помещен на культурное, интеллектуальное, научное и экономическое развитие. Также даны важнейшие события в пределах Шотландии, Ирландии и Уэльса и отношения между этими странами и Англией.--

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T hat was not a "feuda l" th ing to do. In addit ion , th e nob les were acting in co-operation with the merch ant cl ass of towns. T he nobles did not allow John's successors to forget th is c harter and its promises. Every king recognised Magna Carta, until the Middle Ages ended in disorder and a ne w kind of mon arch y came into being in the sixtee nth century. There were othe r small signs th at feudalism was chang ing. W hen the kin g went to war he had th e righ t to forty days' fighting service from each of his lords.

Few co uld go to the uni versities. Most English people spoke neither Latin, the lan guage of th e C hu rch and of educat ion, nor Fren ch , the language of law and of th e Norman rulers. It was a lon g time before English beca me the language of the rulin g class. Some Fren ch words became part of the English language, an d often kept a more polite meani ng tha n the old Anglo-Saxon words. For exa mp le, the word "c ha ir" , which came from the Fren ch , describes a better piece of furnitu re th an th e An glo-Saxon word "stool".

T he Jews were midd lemen in an econo mic process whic h was the result of socia l forces at work in th e co un tryside. W hi le th e econo mic function of the Jews in prov iding capi ta l had been useful the y had been safe, but once thi s was no longer so, the king used popular fee ling against them as an excuse to expe l the m. In 1290 the Jewish com munity was forced to leave the cou ntry. Feudalism was slowly dying out, but the cha nges often made landlords richer and peasants poore r. Larger landlords had to pay fewer feuda l taxes, wh ile new taxes were demanded from eve ryone in possession of goods and incomes.

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