John Richard Green The Conquest of England

ISBN 13 : 9780217113731

The Conquest of England

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9780217113731: The Conquest of England

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... nearly guiltless. The fourth, which avers that he publicly confessed Chap. xi. his guilt, but that the confession escaped him unawares, is 4that of the chronicler who is most distinctly a partisan of Harold's.' . . . uorinan Harold was forced, indeed, to consent to his victim's restoration; Conquest but when Leofric's death threw his father's earldom into his hands, ·-- he wrested back East Anglia and girded Mercia round with the 1053~1071chain of the possessions of his house. It is impossible, in the notes, absence of facts, to explain the change of policy that followed. It -- may have been that the house of Leofric, confined now to a few central counties of the realm, was no longer dangerous as a foe, and might be useful as a friend. It may have been that Harold was jealous of the power of Tostig and of his influence with the king. All that we know is that Harold suddenly reversed his whole previous policy, and in spite or in consequence of his brother's feud with the sons of ^Elfgar, intermarried with their house. The marriage was quickly followed by the rising of Northumbria against its earl, and the rising was clearly prompted by Mercian instigation. But was the instigation simply Mercian? Harold was now the fast friend of Eadwine and Morkere; the expulsion of Tostig removed the only possible rival to his hopes of the Crown; the division of Northumbria into two earldoms, so evidently stipulated as the price of Morkere's accession, told only to Harold's profit. It is certain that when the two brothers stood face to face the charge was openly made that the revolt had been owing to the machinations of Harold. It is certain that the charge was so vehemently urged, and received so much credence, that Harold thought it needful to purge himself lega...

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