Uniting the Kingdom?: The Making of British History by A. Grant

By A. Grant

In Uniting the dominion? a bunch of the main exclusive historians from Britain and eire gather to contemplate the query of British identification spanning the interval from the center a while to the current. conventional chronological and local frontiers are damaged down as medievalists, early modernists and modernists debate the main problems with the British country: the conflicting historiographies, the character of political tensions and the topics of growth and contraction. This impressive number of essays types an illuminating creation to the main up to date brooding about the issues of British histories and identities.

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It is also that this new, fashionable, generic heading conceals—or encompasses—a variety of very different problems and issues, approaches and methodologies. Rees Davies has shown how the kings and aristocracy of England sought to extend their dominion, by military conquest, over Wales, Scotland and Ireland during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. 30 Linda Colley has looked at the many ways in which a new sense of British national identity was created and forged at all social levels during the eighteenth century.

299–303. , p. ), Tenth-Century Studies (Chichester, 1975), especially pp. 67–8. The most likely explanation for the mismatch is that the language of the relevant elements in coronation ordines goes back to the later 9th and early 10th centuries. 29 There is little sign of it in the language of the charters. One thing we can be certain of is that the Church played an important part in the administrative and psychological unification of England. It was important that southern and midland England had for centuries been one ecclesiastical province (though, conversely, the existence of a separate metropolitan at York could be an impediment to unification).

Holt, Magna Carta and Medieval Government (London, 1985), pp. 10–13. Ioannis Saresberiensis Episcopi Carnotensis Policratici, ed. Webb (Oxford, 1909), ii, pp. 47–8. 19 Two of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, i, p. 140. 18 36 James Campbell There was very serious political trouble in 1051–2; but the expulsion of Godwin and his family, and their return, were accomplished without warfare, though not without the use of some force, particularly in 1052, and the threat of more. An observation of the Chronicle (version D) in the context of the standoff between Edward and Godwin in Gloucestershire in 1051 is revealing.

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