An Illustrated History of Britain by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This can be an illustrated background of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The e-book analyzes the key political and army occasions in British historical past, and the place applicable, appears to be like at those inside of a much wider, foreign context. It additionally describes daily life for women and men from assorted degrees of society in numerous a while: the type of paintings they did, relatives lifestyles, and so on. Emphasis can also be put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and fiscal advancements. significant advancements inside Scotland, eire and Wales and the kinfolk among those international locations and England also are mentioned.

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Most landlords obtained the ir income directly from th e home farm, and also from letting out some of their land in return for ren t in crops or mon ey. Th e size of the home farm depend ed on how much land th e lan dlord cho se to let out. In th e twelfth cent ury, for example, man y landlords found it more profitab le to let out almost all the home farm lan ds, and thu s be paid in money or cro ps rathe r th an in labour. In fact it is from thi s period that the word "farm" co mes. Each arrangement the lan dlord made to let land to a villager was a "firrna": a fixed or settled agreeme nt.

Language, literature and culture The growth of literacy in England was closely connec ted with th e twelfth -century Ren aissan ce, a cultural move ment which had fi rst started in Italy. Its influen ce move d northwards along th e trade routes, reac hing England at th e end of th e centu ry. This revo lut ion in ideas and learning brough t a new desire to test religious faith against reason . Schools of learning were established in man y town s and cities. Some were "grammar" schools independent of th e C hurch , wh ile ot he rs were attached to a cat hedra l.

He had want ed the support of th e knightly class against the greater lords, and it was pa rtly for this reason tha t he had called on the m to be represented in Parli ament. No w he saw the danger that as a class they might become seriously weakened. 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.

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