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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Appearance to-day of the field of Senlac. - Importance of
the battle. — The beach at Hastings. – Landing of the Nor-
PAGZ mee of mind. – Ditfierit situation of Haroid. – Battle Abbey, — The Roman le Rou" – The two armies opposed. - The minstrel Taillerer. – Dangerous situation of the Normans. – The wording of Harold. — The rout of the Saxons. - & walk t-isy over the battle-field
Ultimate oui teet at the Norman conquest. — Character
Serfuom. - Trial by jury. — Acces-
Uanythede. – Analysis of Magna Charta.
The origin of Parliament. Frehlen was the reporumputative system. - Conditions of its
Who de Montfort and his achievement. — Ed**** in het the beablishment of the House of Commons 38
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The yoomen. -- Unfortunate
The Chapter House at Westmin-
Ita imperfect character as a
11148 of the farmers and the free The 4**# of Laborera. - Peasant rebellion.
Hearing of Richard II. - Wat Tyler
Treachery of the King. --- Wil-
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Wunden decay of the power of Par
PAGE liament. — Misfortunes to representation in the shires and the boroughs. — Jack Cade's rebellion. — Justice of his cause. - The Wars of the Roses. — Extinction of the power of the nobles. — Accession of the Tudor line.
DEPRESSION OF THE POWER OF PARLIAMENT. Great increase of the power of the Crown. – Effect of the
Reformation in producing this. — Position and character of Henry VIII. — Good points of his reign. — Catholic reaction under Mary. - Wyatt's rebellion. — Parliament grows more spirited under Elizabeth. — Sir Thomas Smith's description. — Tact of the Queen — Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity. - Star Chamber and High Commission Courts. — Absolutism restrained under the Tudors. Its triumph everywhere upon the continent. - Growth of the doctrine of the jus divinum. — Cowell's " Interpreter.”
Subserviency of Convocation and the University of Oxford. - Claims of James I. - Opposition of Parliament. — Accession of Charles I. — The Petition of Right. - Laud, Strafford, and the policy of “Thorough.” — Shipmoney
SETTLEMENT OF AMERICA.
Charters of the East India and Virginia Companies. — Settle
ment of Jamestown; of Plymouth. – Revival of ancient Anglo-Saxon polity in New England. — Submergence in England of the popular moots. — Methods of Puritan settlement in New England. - The town-meeting. - Reproduction of contemporary England in Virginia. - The parish, the county, the court of Quarter Sessions. — Scene at the county court. — Reasons for the contrast between New England and Virginia. — The yeoman settlers of the former.- The great planters, the slaves, the poor whites of the South. — Disrepute of labor. – Virtues of the Virginia society. - Spirit of the House of Burgesses. - Condition of South Carolina; of Maryland. - Feudalism in New York and Pennsylvania. — The popular moot the
acters of Charles II and James II.- The nation forced into resistance. — The Bill of Rights and the Revolution.
- William and Mary. -Extinction of liberty elsewhere. Whigs and Tories. — Important part played by the nonconformists and commercial classes. — The Huguenots and other refugees.- Doubtful struggle between Whigs and Tories. — Establishment of modern forms in the polity. Rise of the Cabinet. — Unsatisfactory condition of Parliament. — Power of the nobles and men of wealth
ERA OF PARLIAMENTARY CORRUPTION.
Equal responsibility of Whigs and Tories for parliamentary
corruption. — Stooping of honest men to bribery. - Degeneracy of the county representation. - Decline of yeomen.
Assumptions of the great land-holders. — Bad condition of the boroughs. — Destruction of the popular franchise. Rotten boroughs. — Their growth under the Tu. dors and Stuarts. — Large towns unrepresented. — Cases of Buckingham, Bewdley, Oxford, Salisbury, Bath, New Shoreham, Sudbury.- Condition of Scotland. Case of the shire of Bute. — Price of seats in Parliament. - The “ nabobs.” — Testimony of Sir Samuel Romilly. — The people unrepresented. Case of Wilkes. Mass-meetings. Rise of the great newspapers.
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THE COMING ON OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
Condition of the Thirteen Colonies in the first half of
eighteenth century. — The approach of the American Rev. olution. -- The title to the colonies in the Crown, not in the Parliament. — Inconsistency of Kings and colonists. The ecclesiastical grievance. — The commercial grievance.
Selfishness of the trading-spirit. The Sugar Act. The rights and privileges of Englishmen. – Effect of the destruction of French power. - Enforcement of customs regulations. — The Writs of Assistance. — The Stamp Act. - Debate in Parliament. — Burke, Chatham, Camden, Mansfield. — The question summed up. — Superior appre