A Brief History of Great Britain by William E Burns

By William E Burns

A short historical past of significant Britain narrates the background of significant Britain from the earliest instances to the twenty first century, masking the full island--England, Wales, and Scotland--as good as linked archipelagos akin to the Channel Islands, the Orkneys, and eire as they've got prompted British heritage. The important tale of this quantity is the improvement of the British state, together with its upward push and decline at the international level. The booklet is equipped round a transparent chronological political narrative whereas incorporating remedy of social, financial, and spiritual concerns.

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Our men pursued, wounded, made prisoners of the fugitives only to slaughter them when others fell in their way. And now the enemy, as prompted by their various dispositions, fled in whole battalions with arms in their hands before a few pursuers, while some, who were unarmed, actually rushed to the front and gave themselves up to death. Everywhere there lay scattered arms, corpses, and mangled limbs, and the earth reeked with blood. Source: Tacitus. The Agricola and Germany of Tacitus and the Dialogue on Oratory.

The rebels also burned London, although the population was evacuated. However, they were not able to face a full Roman army. The rebellion was crushed when 10,000 Roman troops slaughtered 80,000 Britons in the Battle of Watling Street, and Boudicca committed suicide rather than become a prisoner of Rome. The rebellion resulted in the transfer of Roman provincial administration to London. Boudicca’s defeat was followed by harsh repression of the rebels, but subsequent Roman governors worked to win the support of the British aristocracy.

This is a very poorly documented period in 20 Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans British history, and the rise of Christianity and decline and eventual end of British paganism is difficult to see in other than very broad outline. The Church after Rome The church survived the end of Roman power in Britain. British churchmen continued to study classical writers, the Bible, and the major Latin Christian writers even after the Roman state left the island. There is no evidence of a hierarchy among the British bishops or an overall head of the church in Britain, although like bishops everywhere, the British bishops had councils and some form of loose association.

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