Medieval British History (4 Titles) [History]

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Post by LectorRecitator » October 9th, 2019, 6:56 am

Mediaeval England, 1066-1350 (1903) by Bateson, Mary (1865–1906)

ℹ️ "INASMUCH as English and American readers are abundantly supplied with narrative political histories of England, I have chosen in telling the story of Mediaeval England to treat the theme from a point of view which is not exactly that of the other volumes of the present Series. My object has been to keep social rather than political facts in view, and throughout to supply by illustration from contemporary accounts some of the characteristic detail which is apt to be crowded out in political histories. The story of social evolution may fairly be called the national story. The political story brings to view the procession of great events, the social story the procession of dead ancestors who acted, howsoever humbly, their part in shaping those events. In political history we see the trophies borne along in the triumphal cars, and in social history the groups of ordinary men, women, and children who fill the carriages or stream along on foot." (Preface)

https://archive.org/details/mediaevalengland00bateuoft/page/n9

https://archive.org/details/cu31924027950124/page/n10

England In The Middle Ages (1912) by O'Neill, Elizabeth Speakman (1877–1951)

ℹ️ "The period from the Norman Conquest to the end of the fifteenth century may be conveniently and aptly labelled "Mediæval." Rich and varied as were the phases of its life, it has a certain homogeneity which marks it clearly off from the days before the Conquest and from the Tudor period.

Differ as might the England of the close of the period from the England which William won, it differed still more from the England of the Renaissance and the Reformation.

The four centuries following the Conquest saw much growth and change, otherwise they would have little interest ; but the end, as the beginning, was mediaeval in its simplicity, its romance, its crudeness and its colour, in all that goes essentially to make up the idea of the " Middle Ages."

In this period Feudalism proper grew and decayed, constitutional government had a wonderful genesis and a temporary failure, religion in its orthodox form flourished exceedingly, and triumphed over eager and spasmodic heresy. The period saw infinite possibilities of empire building by English kings, which dwindled as the years wore on and determined the political individuality of England. A traditional feud with France was the method of this determination and affected some of the greatest issues of the period.

Economic forces of immense significance transformed the land, but the form of society at the end of the period, as in the beginning, was mediaeval. It is the object of this little book to trace the essential features of Mediaeval England."
(Preface)

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England In The Later Middle Ages (1919, 2nd Edition) by Vickers, Kenneth Hotham (1881–1958) (Volume 3 of the 7 volume study History Of England, edited by Charles Oman)

ℹ️ "THIS volume shows careful reading and accurate scholarship; nearly every statement is based on the sources, references to which are given in foot-notes, sometimes five or six on a page.

Professor Vickers seems to be under the old impression that accounts of kings and their wars tell the history of a nation. That brings about a lack of proportion which is one of the most serious defects of the book"
(Charles L. Wells, The American Historical Review, 07/1914)

https://archive.org/details/englandinlatermi03vickuoft/page/n7

Britain In The Middle Ages (1920) by Bowman, Florence Louise (????–????)

ℹ️ "Since, in the early stages of school work, it is more important to present, as vividly as possible, some of the fundamental historic ideas than to give any outline of events, it is hoped that this collection of stories, told from the chronicles, may provoke readers to discussion and further inquiry.

Questions have been included in the appendix, some suggesting handwork, both as a means of presentation in lessons and for illustrative purposes.

Considerable use has been made of literature as historic evidence. Stories like those of the Knights of the Round Table often leave us with a clearer impression of the spirit of the times than any historic record. Many books of the kind are now easily accessible and could be read side by side with the text. Collections of pictures, such as the Bayeux Tapestry, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Foucquet's Chroniques de France, offer valuable opportunities for some research on the child's part."
(Preface)

https://archive.org/details/britaininmiddlea00bowmuoft/page/n7

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/40371
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Post by Jmbau13 » October 15th, 2019, 7:42 pm

Looks like fun
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Post by Elizabby » October 16th, 2019, 3:55 pm

I will probably launch one of first two of these when one of my current history books wraps up - I'm full at the moment, but these look good!

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Post by Jmbau13 » October 16th, 2019, 4:41 pm

Hooray. I’ll certainly read some.
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