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By the eleventh century royal authority probably went wider and deeper in England than in any other European country. Even in towns and cities, many of those involved in trade or industry also farmed small holdings of land hstory the edge of town.

An Illustrated History of Britain by David McDowall

After all, the management of Normandy and England was a family business. The Illustraed established a number of kingdoms, some of which still exist in county or regional names to this day: There were other ways in which the Church increased the power of the English state.

However, the Norman soldiers were better armed, better organised, and were mounted on horses.

These towns were built with stone as well as wood, and had planned streets, markets and shops. Most of the population still lived in villages in southern and eastern parts of England. Post-War Britain Penguin D.


But forty days were not long enough for fighting a war in France. By the middle of the seventh century the three largest kingdoms, those of Northumbria, Mercia and Wessex, were the Left: Mar 08, Malika rated it it was amazing.

The poor were divided from their masters by the feudal class system. In Harold had to march north into Yorkshire to defeat the Danes. In England, as each new area of land was captured, William gave parts of it as a reward to his captains. It may seem surprising that Richard and John fought against their own father. A natural point of balance had been found. It had been able to make statutes, or written laws, and it had been able to make political decisions.

McDowall David. An Illustrated History of Britain

It made it harder to grow enough food for everyone. But some of the nobles did not support the revolutionary new council, and remained loyal to Henry.

He was able to raise an army and defeat the English army in Scotland. As Henry had done before him, Stephen raced to England to claim the crown.

Not surprisingly, it was most unpopular with the people, because they felt they illustratrd not escape from its findings. The third kind, the civitas y included the old Celtic tribal capitals, through which the Romans administered the Celtic population in the countryside.


This meant that land was held by individual people, each man illustrateed in his own field. At last they built a strong wall along the northern border, named after the Emperor Hadrian who planned it. Each house had probably only one room, with a wooden floor with a pit beneath it. Shortly after, inRichard was killed in France. When the Saxons fought back, the Normans burnt, destroyed and killed.

For money the Celts used iron bars, until they began to copy the Roman coins they saw used in Gaul France. Anyone looking at a map of Scotland can immediately see that control of the Highlands and islands was a great problem.

It was soon obvious that they needed guidance.

The small Norman army marched from village to village, destroying places it could not control, and building forts to guard others. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The Saxon king, Ethelred, decided to pay the Vikings to stay away.