The Mialeading example of Cnut, which so instinctively presents itself to of the^wc- our minds, could not fail to present itself to the mind of ^P}®®^ William himself.^ No example could be more brilliant or more attractive. The Danes were the pupils and pro- of the "" sely tes of the English. And even in warfare the arms and tactics of the two nations were much the same. in the land, Englishmen, Normans, or any other, »m was their master and moulded them to his will. given, that he w^ted till farther strength was given to the fottiees which he had already begun to rear, the germs of the fature Tower.
One foreign conqueror had already reigned in England as an English King, and had left behind him a name which lived in the memories of Englishmen side by side with the names of the noblest of their native princes. Whenever Danes and Eng- lishmen had met in open battle, there had been no marked or lasting superiority on either side, and the final victory of Cnut had not been owing to any lack of prowess on the part of his enemy. s discerning conqueror might have made simple bavoo 1 that he found estahlishcd in the land wbieh ha lend. That fortress was reared to guard Against and to curb the high spirit — the historian adds, the fickleness— of the oitizene of the proud and populous city.' The acclamations, not wholly insincere, which had greeted Change of the fint appeanuice of the CWqneror in his new character |^^ ^„ of an English King, were already changed into murmurs of ^s*"**- distrust.
In the end, I need not say, the conquerors and the Final conquered were blended together; and, when we look atifomiuia the circumstances of the Conquest, we shall find that the J^ . They must have been y the men of the North, the Tliegns of Northumber- nnd of those ISfercian shires whose warriore had not lied to Seiilac. "Slwudui et Aldrediu, GIU Edelgi H pronepotli Begit." fo au Bwei thia description, they muit have been deooenduita of Uhtnd by faia third wife ^fgifu, the half-de faithful to himself, ft likely to give special oi Fence to the conquered I theory of this memorable transaction was, as I have GENERAL REDEMPTION OF LANDS.
j^' wonder really is that they were blended together so soon ""umb. But their perfect blending was not the work of a single life or of a single age. The slaughter of Harold's own fol- s must have left comparatively few men of note to from Wi'saex and East-Anglia. 27 lands as a free gift ; others^ as we have seen^ had to buy chap. them back in the strictest sense of those words* Some received the whole, others a part; in some cases we are tdid that Englishmen receiyed fresh grants beyond what they had inherited or received from earlier lords/ But^ amidst all this variety, it would seem that in every case of a lay estate the land was received as a fresh grant, which needed the writ and seal of King William as its witness.
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Copyright infringement liabili^ can be quite severe. His visits and grants to churches His probable oonsnltations with Lanfrano English and Oerman skill in gold*work and em broidery .... Ill— 114 Un Bucoeeaful ktlack on Dover; escape td Eiu Ur M and capture of Us nephew . 114 — il S Help Bought In foreign luida ; itate of Genu Mtj Mid Denmark ll B Close conneuo D of Sw^^ with England ; English in Titationa to him ; presence of Eodric of Norfolk in Denmark ..... His position was different from the position of a King, even of foreign birth, who succeeds to a crown by peaceful election or peacefiil hereditary succession. If we look at another picture, we may be led to think that all right and law were trampled under foot, and that the rule of William was a rule of simple briganda^.
About Google Book Search Google's mission is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. William keeps Easter at Fecamp Condition and history of the monastery Ralph of Montdidier; his marriage with King Henry's widow The English visitors . Great part of England still unoonquered Wi Uiam^s motives for leaving England Called back by the prospect of foreign invasion k I. Iij) — 111 1066 — 1093 Btato of Nonmyi reigns of Ma^us and Olaf Eytre 111 William's real danger from Denmulc. But it was also different from the position of a mere invader, reigning by sheer military force. llie old Neither of tbeee pictures represents tbe real truth of tbe Ia WB Dot abolidwd, case.
But the example was one that was altogether delusive. In every other respect, the English, with their purer faith and higher civilization, stood ready to be the masters of those who had overcome them in mere Eog Ujid. 17 tiative Normans, bat adventorers gathered &om every part ouf. *of Gaol.^ The gaccess of William's invasion was a, distinct itrinm[di of one language, of one mode of warfare, of one social and political system, over another language, another lode of war&re, another social and political system. A man of meaner monid might have indulged ;re paltry and wanton tyranny. The English people— William doubtless already knew it — were only biding their time. 554.] Vidit enim in primla neos Harlum magnopere Londonlen Bas coerceri." With this as his mo Uve, Wi Uiain would not olsf vei; long in London or at Weetminater.
The position of William was wholly difierent Differanoes from the position of Cnut. Under these circnmstances it conld not he tliat Normans and Englishmen shonld blend togetiier mider William as Danes and Englishmen had blended together nnder Cnnt. But William neither jed one whit nor tyrannized one whit beyond what his ! He knew how to use lans against Englishmen, but he knew also how to use ishmen against Normans, and he kuew how to make ■holo land hia own and every man in it his subject, josition as Conqueror, combined with that craft of the in which none could rival him, enabled him to put the seal to the work of Ecgberht, of Eadward, and of ilstaa, to make England one United Kingdom, which, hia days, no mau has ever dreamed of dividing. Still the formal investitnre of William with the royal eb Ms of office was already beginning to do its work upon men's j^^? Men who had waited to see what might be the course or the destiny of the mere invader, the mere candi- date for the Crown, hastened to do their homage to the King chosen, crowned, and anoint«d. But bow mud) of the various acts and dosigns which William of Poiden •eema vaguely to put between the conmation and the homage at Barking reallj bejongs to Wfl Uam's fitvt itay in London, how much to the stay at Barking, how mucb to tlt« progren which followed, molt be laigely matter for oon- jectai«. 59) wonld seem to belong to the very first days of William's rei^.
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