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THE School Edition of “The Annals of Eng
land” has been prepared to suit the present system of teaching History in Periods, usually one to each Term. Other works having the same end in view exist, but the complaint is often made, that most of them are in reality Historical Sketches, to understand which demands a much more full acquaintance with the details of name, place and date, than is usually to be found among schoolboys. Recognising this complaint as well founded, the Compiler of the present Work has endeavoured to supply a remedy. His object has been to present, in the fewest possible words, distinct statements of the facts on which the generalizations of the valuable Works in question are founded, and thus to supply a material help to their profitable study. To furnish this, in a small compass and at a moderate cost, the text of the Library Edition of the Annals has been carefully condensed, and it is trusted that the result will be serviceable alike to the Master, and to the Scholar. The aim has been, to save the one the labour of supplying the deficiencies of his Text-books, and to give the other a store of positive knowledge essential to his sound progress, but hitherto not readily attainable.
THE 'HE main events of twelve centuries of English
history are here succinctly given, divided into the Roman, the Saxon, and the Norman Eras. Some indication of the best works for the further study of each Era will, it is trusted, be of service to the young, for whom this work has been prepared.
I. For the early part of the Roman Era the 5th and 6th books of Cæsar's “Gallic War” and the “ Annals” of Tacitus are the only real guides. Several other Classical writers have notices of British history, but they are only brief and fragmentary. Coins and inscriptions are all that we have as material for history henceforth, but the information that they afford has been carefully collected, and the result will be found in such works as Horsley's “ Britannia Romana,” and Evans' “Coins of the Ancient Britons."
II. The Saxon Era is chiefly to be studied in the “Ecclesiastical History" of Bede, and the “AngloSaxon Chronicle,” which is based on Bede, and carries on the tale even beyond the fall of the Saxon monarchy. The numerous writers known under the general name of the Early Chroniclersas Florence of Worcester, Simeon of Durham, Henry of Huntingdon, Roger of Wendover, and Matthew