A Brief History of Great Britain by William E Burns

By William E Burns

A short heritage of significant Britain narrates the heritage of serious Britain from the earliest instances to the twenty first century, masking the whole island--England, Wales, and Scotland--as good as linked archipelagos akin to the Channel Islands, the Orkneys, and eire as they've got inspired British heritage. The imperative tale of this quantity is the improvement of the British nation, together with its upward thrust and decline at the international degree. The e-book is equipped round a transparent chronological political narrative whereas incorporating therapy of social, financial, and spiritual concerns.

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McDevitte and W. S. Bohn (New York: Harper and Row, 1870), 111–112. given Roman ignorance of the “Narrow Seas” between Britain and continental Europe. However, the knowledge gained on the preliminary expedition was applied to another, larger expedition with five legions the next year. During that expedition, Caesar was confronted by a coalition of British tribes under the leadership of Cassivellaunus, king of the Catuvellauni. Due to the superiority of the Roman army and Caesar’s masterly use of the divisions between the British tribes and their fear of Catuvellaunic expansion, he defeated the Britons.

Was dramatically expanding in both western Europe and the Mediterranean. Competing Roman generals and politicians sought fame and wealth through conquest of weaker peoples. ), who had conquered Gaul in 58 and become proconsul of the province. Given its cultural, political, and economic links with Gaul, Britain was a convenient refuge for some of Caesar’s Gaulish enemies, many of whom were identified as Belgae and formed a new ruling class in southern Britain. The mineral and agricultural wealth of Britain also made it a tempting prize.

Although coins were in use in the pre-Roman period—some with Latin inscriptions—by the first century, coinage was widespread in Britain south of the River Trent. e. , r. ). e. and was ruled by one man, who usually tried to monopolize military glory. Claudius, an emperor with a rather undistinguished past, sought to build a reputation by adding new territory to the empire, traditionally  A Brief History of Great Britain regarded as the highest achievement of a Roman general. Increased Roman knowledge of and contacts with Britain made an actual conquest much more feasible than it had been a century before in Caesar’s time.

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