Focusing on English history, with attention given to Scottish and Welsh history, this text includes some outstanding European and near-Eastern events and personalities, putting English history into perspective.
The coming of the English. Part 1 Monks and missionaries: the Roman Church - St Benedict and Gregory The Great; heathens become Christians. Part 2 Byzantines, Arabs and Franks: Justinian and Mohammed; the Emperor Charlemagne; Part 3 Saxons and Vikings: early English life and customs; the Vikings and Alfred the Great. Part 4 England united - and conquered: the kingdom of all England; the Norman Conquest. Part 5 Norman and Plantagenet: the rule of the Conqueror; Henry II and Thomas Becket. Part 6: The sword and the cross: the Crusades; the Catholic Church. Part 7 Kings and rebellious lords: Magana Carta and the beginning of Parliament; Edward I, Wales and Scotland. Part 8 Village and town: life on an English manor; town life and trade. Part 9 The break-up of fedual society: Black Death and Peasants' revolt; the Hundred Years War; a time of change.