An Illustrated History of Britain (Background Books) by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This is often an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric occasions to the current day. The ebook analyzes the most important political and armed forces occasions in British historical past, and the place applicable, seems to be at those inside of a much broader, overseas context. It additionally describes lifestyle for women and men from assorted degrees of society in numerous a long time: the type of paintings they did, relations lifestyles, and so forth. Emphasis is usually put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and monetary advancements. significant advancements inside Scotland, eire and Wales and the family among those international locations and England also are mentioned.

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But th en Henry him self qua rrelled publicly with Mari lda's hu sband , and died soon after. This left th e succession in question . 26 A t th e t ime both the possible heirs to Henry were on their own esta tes. Maril da was with her hu sban d in A njo u and Hen ry's neph ew. Srephen of Blois, was in Boulogne , only a day's jou rney by sea from England . As Henry had done before him , Ste phe n raced to England to cl aim the c rown. Al so as before, the nobles in England had to choose between Stcphe n, who was in England, and Mari lda.

In 1179 he allowed an accused man in certain cases to claim "trial by jury" . Th e man could cho ose twelve neighbo urs, "twelve good men and true" . who would hel p him prove that he was not guilty. Slowly, during th e later Middle A ges, the work of these juries gradually changed from giving evidence ro judging the ev idence of o thers. Juries had no tra ining in the law. They were ordinary people using o rdinary co mmon sense . It was soon obv ious that th ey needed guidance. As a result law schools grew up during th e thirteenth cent ury, produ cing lawyers who could advise juries about th e point s of law.

Later he changed his mind again and ran away to Fran ce , and it seemed as if Henry had won . But in 1170 Becker returned to Eng land determined to resist the king. Hen ry was very angry, and four knights who heard hi m spea k out went to C anterbury to murder Becker. They killed him in the holiest place in the cat hedra l, on the altar steps . A ll C hrist ian Europe was shocked , and T homas Becket became a saint of the C hurch. For hundreds of years afterwards people not only from England but also from Europe travelled to C anterbury to pray at Becket 's grave .

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