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HISTORICAL COURSE

FOR SCHOOLS, edited by
EDWARD A. FREEMAN, D.C.L.

II.

HISTORY OF ENGLAND.

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HISTORY

OF

ENGLAND

BY

EDITH THOMPSON,

FOURTII EDITION.

London:
MACMILLAN AND CO.

1874.

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LONDON:

R OLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR, PRINTERS,

BREAD STREET HILL

OLETAN

3 JUN. 1935

VERARY

PREFACE.

The appearance of the first of the series of small histories to be published under my editorship seems to call for a few words from me. The present History of England takes for granted the views and divisions laid down in my General Sketch of European History so far as they concern the particular history of England. The points in English history which were there touched on as parts of general history, with special regard to their bearings on the history of other countries, are here dealt with more fully, as a consecutive narrative of the history of the particular nation and country of England. It will perhaps be found to be more compressed than some other volumes of the series, as the history of our country naturally appealed to a wider circle than any other, and it was thought right to keep the book within as small a compass as might be.

The book is strictly the work of its author. I have throughout given it such a degree of supervision as to secure its general accuracy ; but with regard to the

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