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By David McDowall

This can be an illustrated heritage of england from prehistoric occasions to the current day. The booklet analyzes the foremost political and armed forces occasions in British background, and the place acceptable, seems to be at those inside of a much broader, foreign context. It additionally describes way of life for women and men from various degrees of society in several a while: the type of paintings they did, kin existence, and so on. Emphasis is usually put on cultural, highbrow, medical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside of Scotland, eire and Wales and the kinfolk among those international locations and England also are mentioned.

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It is no wond er th at Edward ca lled to his parliament representati ves of th e peop le whom he cou ld tax most effectively. It is not surprising, either, th at the admin istrat ion began to grow very quick ly. When W illiam I inva ded Britain he needed on ly a few clerks to manage h is pape rwork. Most business, including feudal homage, was done by t he spoken , not However, e ven thoug h the adm in istratio n was in written, word. But the need for paperwo rk grew Westminster th e real capi ta l of England was st ill "in th e kin g's saddle".

Since the rules of feudalism did not include taxati on, taxes could on ly be raised with the agreement of tho se wealthy enough to be taxed . Several kings had made arrangemen ts for taxation before, but Edward I was the first to create a "representative institution" wh ich co uld provide the mon ey he needed. This institution becam e the House of Commons. U n like th e House of Lords it conta ined a mixture of "gentry" (kn ights and o ther wealthy freemen from the sh ires) and merch ants from the town s.

Edward I gathe red 33 6 Government and society Th e growth of government · Law and justice' Religious beliefs' Ordinary people in country and town ' T he growth of towns as centres of wealth· Language, literature and culture The growth of government W illiam th e Conqueror had govern ed England and Normandy by travelling from o ne place to another to make sure that his author ity was acce pted. He, and th e kin gs afte r him , raised some of th e money the y needed by trying cases and finin g people in th e royal courts.

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