FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO
THE DEATH OF JOHN
GEORGE BURTON ADAMS
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY IN YALE UNIVERSITY
X~NGMANS, GR E E N, A N D co_
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
NEW YORK AND BOMBAY
T’E POLITICAL HI.SZ-‘ORY OF EiVGLAND.
Seve9zty-jve years have jassed sivzce Lingard cow@Zetea?
his HISTORY OF ENGLAND, w?Gch ends with the RevoZu-
tioz of 1688. Dumkg that j4e94od historicaZ stuay has
vnade a great advance.
YeaT after year the mass of
mate&aZsfor a new History of EngZand has increasea?;
new Zights have deez throw% on events am? charactem,
and 0Zd errors have been coWected.
~0~4% have Jee% wzitten on various periods of 024~
history ; some of them at such Zezgth as to a$eaZ
aZmost excZusive& to jyofessed h,istoricaZ students.
is JeZievea? that the time has come when the advance
w h i c h h a s Jeen maa?e iz the ,?xowZedge oj EngZish
history as a whoZe shouZd be Zaid before the @Zic &z
a singZe wad of fairZy adequate size.
Such a K~OO&
shouZd 6e foundea? on imz’ejendent thought and yesearch,
dut shouZd at the same time be written with a fuZZ
&zowZea’ge oj the wads of the Jest modem histomkns
ana? with a desire to take advantage of the& teach&g
wherever it ajjeam sound.
The past nundey of authorities, jmnted and in
manuscrz&, on which a History of EngZand shouZd be
Jasea?, zy it is to yejyesent the existing state of &ow-
Zedge, Fendem co-ojeyation aZmost necessa?-y and ce&aizZy
The History, of which this voZame is a% iz-
staZment, is an attemjt to set forth in a FeadaJZe form
the FesuZts atjyesent attained 6y reseamh.
It wiZZ con-
sist of tweZve voZu?nes dy tweZve di&erent writem, each
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of them chose94 as &izg sjecid& cupabZe of deding with
the $eyiod which he mde9daf4es, and the editors, whiik
Zeaving to each author as f5ee a hand as PossidZe, hoje
to insaye a gezeyaZ simiZarity is method oftreatment, so
t&t the tweZve voZu?nes nzay in their contents, as weZZ as
&Z theiT 02dtwaYd u@e