An Illustrated History of Britain by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This is often an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric occasions to the current day. The ebook analyzes the key political and armed forces occasions in British historical past, and the place acceptable, seems at those inside a much wider, foreign context. It additionally describes daily life for women and men from various degrees of society in numerous a long time: the type of paintings they did, kinfolk lifestyles, and so forth. Emphasis is usually put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and fiscal advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the relatives among those nations and England also are mentioned.

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T hey rea lised that towns cou ld beco me effect ive cent res of royal autho rity, to balance th e power of th e local nobil ity. T he kin gs therefore gave "charters of freedom" to many towns, freeing th e inh abitants from feudal dut ies to the loc al lord. T hese chatt ers, however, had to be paid for , and kin gs sold th em for a high price. But it was worth the money. Town s co uld now raise their own local taxe s on goo ds co ming in . They cou ld also have their own co urts, co nt rolled by the town merchants, on cond ition that they paid an annua l tax to the king.

Usually the C hurch preferred to suppor t the king against th e nobles, but expec ted to be rewarded for its support . King John's mistake forty years later was to upset bo th C h urch and nob les at the same time. 29 An Illustrated History of Britain The beginnings of Parliament King John had signed Magna Ca rta unw illing ly, and it quickl y became cleat th at he was not going to keep to the agree ment . The nob les rebelled and soon pushed John out of th e southeast. But civ il war was avoided because John died sudde nly in 12 16.

He the n began to win back th e castles st ill held by th e Eng lish . W he n Edward 11 in vaded Sco tla nd in 1314 in an effort to help the last English-held castles, Bruce destroyed h is army at Bannockburn, near St irling. " Edward "s cororuttion dUlir. The Scouish Stone of Destiny which Edward cookfrum Scone Abbey is under the seat. a s)'mbo/ of Engkmd's desire 10 rule Sc()/kma. ~ iJe of thethrone sl£lnd the symbolic sfate sword and shield of Eaward Ill. Edward' s treatm ent of th e Scots create d a popular resistanc e movement .

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