By W. H. Hudson
Afoot in England, first released in 1909, recounts the author's wanderings from village to village around the south of britain, from Surrey to Devon and Cornwall, and alongside the East Anglian coast.His paintings speaks powerfully of the straightforward pleasures of the English countryside.Despite decades residing in poverty in London, while his nation rambles have been an break out from a lifestyles that then held few different pleasures, Hudson finally completed reputation together with his books concerning the English geographical region, which in flip helped to foster the back-to-nature circulation of the Twenties and 1930s.This variation is brought through Robert Macfarlane, Fellow of Emmanuel university Cambridge, and a latest explorer of Britain's wild areas. he's the writer of Mountains of the brain and The Wild locations.
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58 The argument that at Hastings, 'the Old World went down before the New',59 the latter represented by feudal cavalry, underrates the uncertainty of battle and the strength and qualities of the Anglo-Saxon state. The argument also neglects the greater strength of Anglo-Saxon naval power, not least the sophistication of the system by which a large number of warships was provided on a quota basis. Indeed, its naval power had enabled the Anglo-Saxon state to exercise a degree of hegemony over its British neighbours and to play a role in international relations.
In 789, after a long period of freedom from Continental invasion, Norse ships were first recorded in English waters, and the Danes overran East Anglia (865), Yorkshire (866-7) and Mercia (874). Danish 'Northumbria' was the kingdom of York, that is the old kingdom of Deira. North of the Tees, authority rested with a line of English earls ruling from Bamburgh over the area of ancient Bernicia: this was 'English' Northumbria, which was never settled or controlled by the Danes. The Norwegians overran and settled the Orkneys, the Shetlands, the far north of Scotland, and much of its west coast, as well as coastal regions of Ireland.
Cnut introduced a number of Danes into the aristocracy and divided the kingdom into a small number of earl- (jarl-)doms. Not least because of Cnut's absence for some of the reign, the earls were possibly more important than the Saxon ealdormen they replaced. Many of the early earls were Danes or Norwegians, including Thorkell the Tall (1017-21) of East Anglia, Eric of Hlathir (1017--c. 23) of Northumbria, Sired (c. 1019-c. 22) and Hakon of Worcestershire. This was not a deliberate policy conceived in national terms, but rather, a need for trustworthy subordinates.