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HISTORY OF ENGLAND;
FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO OUR OWN TIMES.
ABRIDGED FROM THE
POPULAR HISTORY OF ENGLAND,
THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF ITS AUTHOR.
“ The Flood
THIS Volume is entitled “School History of England," to mark its character as a book of elementary instruction. It is an abridgment of my “ Popular History of England” in eight octavo volumes, and is executed by a member of my family, under my general superintendence. In the Introduction to the “ Popular History," speaking of Goldsmith's admission that " the very name of abridgment implies imperfection,” I said — “it is not the mere want of space that constitutes the inherent defect of an abridgment; it is that the scale of its composition is not uniform.” This defect, I believe, will not be discovered in the present book. It has been the continuous labour of nearly three years, not accomplished by making entire extracts of the most striking passages of a larger history, and holding them together by short connecting threads of narrative; but by recasting the whole upon a scale of composition which, aiming at uniformity, enables the several parts to retain their just proportions.* Thus, I may venture to state that there is no important fact of our political and social progress therein omitted. Space is gained, without leaving awkward gaps in a story which has no long intervals in which the historian can say “all is barren.”
proper character of a “School History,” condensed from one of greater proportions, has been thus defined :-To Boswell's remark that an abridgment of a work “was only cutting the horns and tail off the cow ;" Johnson replied, “No sir, 'tis making the cow have a calf."
The “ Popular History" was entitled a “ History of Society and Government.” The “School History” embraces, in the same way, the State History and the Domestic. In a few cases, there are separate chapters on the National Industry, on Literature, on the Arts ; but in every period will be found some notice of these important characteristics of the advance of a people, politically and intellectually. The growth of our Constitution, through nineteen hundred years, in which the Roman, the Saxon, and the Norman institutions became blended in our system of representative government and municipal administration, was always accompanied, through many a struggle for personal liberty and security of property, by the general progress of the people in knowledge and industry.
In this “School History” there is no attempt to convey information in language (to use a phrase which I trust is growing obsolete) “ adapted to the juvenile capacity.” School instruction in History has ceased to mean the learning by rote the dates of prominent events, which fade from the memory in the absence of all interesting associations with the regnal periods to which they belong. For the boy or the girl, the young man or the young woman, whose training has been such as to make the history of their country something more than a dry catalogue of names, this Volume may suffice for the period of their pupilage. It perhaps may be sufficient as a preparatory book for the class-examination of young candidates for employment. But, whether for public or domestic instruction, it will open the way to the study of more elaborate works, on the subject upon which, of all others, it most behoves the youth of a free country to be well informed.
B.C. 55-A.D. 409.-BRITONS--ROMANS.
The Druids-Cæsar's Invasions-Cassivelaunus-Cunobelin-Claudius in Britain
Caractacus taken prisoner to Rome-Mona, or Anglesey, taken-Londinium, Camalodunum, and Verulam destroyed-Queen Boadicea is defeated, and dies by poison-Agricola defeats the Caledonians-Hadrian-Antoninus-SeverusCarausius usurps the imperial authority-Constantine--Christianity in Britain -Alban, the British proto-martyr-Picts and Scots—The Roman Prefects expelled .
ETHELBERT-ETHELRED I. -ALFRED
Hengist and Horsa-The Angles land in Britain-Gregory the Great and the
Angles in captivity at Rome-Arrival of Augustin-Conversion of EthelbertMassacre at Bangor-Ethelbert's Code of Laws-Edwin converted by Paulinus
-Battle of Ellupdune-Ravages of the Northmen-Youthful days of King Alfred–The Danes in Mercia and East Anglia-Conflicts of Danes and Saxons -Death of Guthrum-Alfred creates a Navy-Progress of improvement under Alfred.
A. D. 901-1066.-EDWARD THE ELDER-ATHELSTAN-EDMUND 1.-EDRED-EDWY-EDGAR
-EDWARD II. ETHELRED II.--EDMUND IRONSIDE-SWEYN-CANUTE-HAROLD I. AND HARDICANUTE-EDWARD THE CONFESSOR-HAROLD II.
Vigorous administration of Athelstan-Battle of Brunanburh-Edmund assassi
nated-Dunstan chief adviser of Edred — Monastic System-The kingdom divided between Edwy and Edgar-Clerical revolt against Dunstan's severities - Murder of Edward II.-The Danegelt-Massacre of the Danes-Sweyn acknowledged in the West as king-Ethelred II. takes refuge in Normandy-Canute survives Edmund Ironside, and is sole king-Hardicanute-Edward the Confessor-Influx of Normans—William of Normandy claims the Crown-Battle of Hastings-Death of Harold II. .
A.D. 1066-1135.-WILLIAM 1.-WILLIAM II.-HENRY I.
William the Conqueror-Domesday Survey-William's domestic disquietudes His
death-William Rufus-Troubles in Normandy and Scotland-Duke Robert joins the first Crusade-Death of William II.-Henry Beauclerc crowned king, and marries Maud, daughter of Malcolm of Scotland-Duke Robert and Edgar Atheling taken prisoners at Tinchenbrai--Prince William drowned off Normandy-Death of Henry I.