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OF

ENGLISH HISTORY,

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO A.D. 1872.

WITH

Copious Quotations

ON THE LEADING EVENTS AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY,

TOGETHER WITH

APPENDICES.

BY

HERBERT R. CLINTON,

INSTRUCTOR OF CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS, &c

LONDON :
CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, PICCADILLY.

1874.
[All rights reserved. ]

226. j. 206.

LONDON :

BRADBURY, AGNEW, & co., PRINTERS, WHITEFRIARS.

PREFACE.

The following work has been compiled to supply a want felt by many in common with myself. It is intended as a supplement to the narrative-textbooks ordinarily in use,to give both the chronological order of events and such an arrangement of facts as may best impress the memory and convey clear notions of English history, and also, by quotations from recognized authorities, to enable those who have not the time or opportunity to go beyond manuals, to form an estimate of the value of important events.

Each reign is arranged in three sections. The first gives an Account of the Sovereign-his parentage, issue, claim to the succession, &c., and an estimate of his character by an authority on the period. The second gives a Chronological Epitome of all the noticeable events of the reign, with quotations : and all important contemporary events in the history of other nations are entered within brackets. The third section is an Analytic Summary,—the events of the reign being classified under the heads of State of Society, Parliaments and Laws, Commerce, Inventions and Discoveries, Geographical Discoveries, Institutions, Wars and Battles, Treaties, and Eminent Men (with date of decease). The names of the commanders in the several battles and the results are given in the Chronological Epitome: the articles

of treaties are given under “ Treaties” in the Analytic Summary; and in the copious analysis of Parliamentary history will be found all the events relating to the development of the Constitution and the substance of all noteworthy enactments, with—since the Restoration—the successive Administrations (in Italics). Clarendon type has been used for the chief events; and quotations appear in Brevier type.

The work has been specially designed for those preparing for Examinations; but it will be found equally serviceable for the Upper Forms of schools. As at most examinations a portion only of history is taken up by candidates, the synopsis of each reign has been made complete in itself.

H. R. CLINTON.

BLACKHEATH,

Sept. 1873.

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