A New History of England
Jeremy Black looks at two millennia of English history, and identifies two major themes: a lack of geographic and concomitant economic unity; and the fact that from the Roman invasion onward, a united England was often politically associated with Europe, from Cnut to the Hanoverians.
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A Transformed Environment
Before the Romans
The Roman Period
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Aethelred the Unready agricultural Anglo-Saxon army Basingstoke became Boudica Britain British Catholic cent centre century Charles Church Church of England Cnut conquered conquest Conservative continued created crisis crucial culture decline defeated Duke East Anglia economic Edward effective election elite empire England English ensured especially established example forces foreign France French Furthermore German helped Henry Henry VII Henry's House house of Wessex identity impact important increasingly industrial invasion Ireland James John king kingdom Labour land less Liberal linked London Lord Magna Carta major role Mercia Midlands monarchy Norman Norman Conquest Normandy Northumbria Parliament parliamentary period played a major political population problems Protestant Protestantism reform regional reign religious Richard rising Roman rose royal ruler rural Scotland Scottish sense settlement social society successful towns trade trade union Trinovantes Union urban victory Wales Wessex Whig William women