By Winston S. Churchill
The delivery of england is the 1st quantity of A historical past of the English conversing Peoples, the immensely well known and eminently readable four-volume paintings by way of Winston Churchill. A rousing account of the early heritage of england, the paintings describes the good women and men of the previous and their effect at the improvement of the criminal and political associations of the English. certainly, Churchill celebrates the construction of the constitutional monarchy and parliamentary method and the kings, queens, and best nobles who helped create English democracy.
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He accepted the commission to write the history in 1932, at a time when he needed the money and was lost in the middle of what he called his 舠political wilderness舡; he was a member of the opposition to the policies and leadership of his own party. Although he had no illusions about writing a history that would compete with those of the professional historians, Churchill proposed a work that would demonstrate the importance to world history of the shared heritage of the British and American peoples.
The Commons had little objection to the Crown extending its prerogative at the expense of the nobility, planting Councils of the North and Councils of Wales, or in the Star Chamber exercising a remedial jurisdiction by which the small man could be defended against the great. On the other hand, the Crown was willing enough to leave local administration to the Justices of the Peace, whose interest it was to be loyal, to put down sturdy beggars, and to grow quietly and peacefully rich. 舡 Some day perhaps that commonalty might ask whether they had no more to do with Government than to obey it.
Our story centres in an island, not widely sundered from the Continent, and so tilted that its mountains lie all to the west and north, while south and east is a gently undulating landscape of wooded valleys, open downs, and slow rivers. It is very accessible to the invader, whether he comes in peace or war, as pirate or merchant, conqueror or missionary. Those who dwelt there are not insensitive to any shift of power, any change of faith, or even fashion, on the mainland, but they give to every practice, every doctrine that comes to it from abroad, its own peculiar turn and imprint.
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