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OF

ENGLISH HISTORY.

FROM THE ROMAN PERIOD TO THE

DEATH OF ELIZABETH.

SELECTED AND ILLUSTRATED

BY CHARLES KNIGHT,

EDITOR OF

THE HALF HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS."

LONDON:
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.

BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

1865.

LONDON:

BAVILL AND EDWARDE, PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET,

COVENT GARDEN

942 K74 h

ADVERTISEMENT.

“Half-HOURS OF ENGLISH HISTORY," although forming a Companion Series to “HALF-HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS,” differs in several particulars from the plan of that collection.

1. Although the articles, taken on an average, will each furnish reading for about a Half-Hour, they cannot, from the nature of the work, be so arranged as to supply continuous reading for every day and week of the year.

2. They are not selected as specimens of the excellence of style, although many articles are necessarily taken from those who may be included amongst “ the best Authors”; but chiefly as affording a succession of the more graphic parts of English History, chronologically arranged.

The Editor was led to the conception of his plan, from the consideration that the 'portions of History upon which general readers, and the young especially, delight to dwell, are those which tell some story which is complete in itself, or which furnish some illustration which has a separate as well as a general interest.

This Volume, which extends from the Roman period to the end of the reign of Elizabeth, is, with some few otions, necessarily drawn from modern so

The early Chroniclers tell so much that is fabulous or conflicting, that they afford little assistance. But as we approach the period when History becomes more exact—when actual observers—such as Froissart and Clarendon,-relate the scenes they have witnessed with the spirit which always belongs to real impressions-and philosophical annalists such as Bacon and Camden draw from authentic documents or vivid traditions --we shall find ample materials in the original sources. In such as these we have to search for narratives that have charms rarely found in any historical digest. Beyond these, we have the Memoir-writers, and the Auto-biographers, in whose pages we have those pictures of manners without which History is too often a record of court intrigues and aimless wars.

The principle which has guided the introduction of Dramatic Scenes, whether original or selected, is indicated at page 93.

The Editor has to request the indulgence of any living author, or any proprietor of Copyright, from whose stores he has selected without permission--but always with due acknowledgment. His respect for the rights of literary property will always prevent him abusing the indulgence upon which he has thus presumed.

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Civilization
48. The Heptarchy

PALGRAVE.
50. The Wars of Mercia Joa. BAILLIE.
55. The Conversion of Ethelbert BEDE.
58. The Conversion of Edwin. CAMDEN.

BEDE, and
60. Cædmon, the Poet .

ALFRED.
62. Alfred

MAO FARLANE.
72. Alfred the Fugitive . . S. KNOWLES.
74. Athelstan

THIERRY.
78. Edwin the Fair

. H. TAYLOR
83. Edgar and Elfrida HUME.
86. The Danish Power

BURKE.
89. Canute

Mao FARLANE.
93. Earl Godwin

Rev. J.WHITE.
99. The Banishment of Godwin LAPPENBERG.
104. Harold in Normandy

Rev. J.WHITE.

111. The Battle of Hastings Mao FARLANE.

113. Bayeux Tapestry

C. KNIGHT.

116. Battle Abbey

C. KNIGHT.

119. Speeches before the Battle

WARNER.

of Hastings

120. Industry of the Anglo-} C. KNIGHT.

Saxons

128. Chronological List of the

NICOLAS.

Saxon Kings

129. Chronology of English History.

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