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READINGS IN ENGLISH
HISTORY DRAWN FROM
THE ORIGINAL SOURCES

INTENDED TO ILLUSTRATE

A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLAND

BY

EDWARD P. CHEYNEY
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PROFESSOR OF EUROPEAN HISTORY IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

NEW EDITION

GINN AND COMPANY

BOSTON • NEW YORK • CHICAGO • LONDON
ATLANTA • DALLAS • COLUMBUS • SAN FRANCISCO

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PREFACE

All intelligent teachers of history realize the desira

bility of having their students do more reading of history

than is contained in the text-book, and most of them

agree that this is best found in records and writings

contemporary with the events being studied. But the

practical problem of providing such readings for classes

is by no means easy to solve. Those who have tried to

procure the necessary number of copies of books, to dis

cover English translations, to find applicable passages,

and to make practicable requirements best know the diffi

culties of the task. I hope that this book of readings

from the original sources of English history will help to

overcome these obstacles. It is intended to be used as

a close companion to my Short History of England:

the matter contained in it is arranged in the same order

as the subjects taken up in that text-book, and is selected

with a view to the further explanation and illustration

of the principal points there discussed. It can, however,

obviously be used in connection with other text-books,

and in any case, where time is insufficient to make use of

all the illustrative extracts, a selection from them can be

made by the teacher.

> I have, of course, utilized the suggestions of earlier

collectors of similar material, and take this opportunity

-^of acknowledging my indebtedness to the ingenuity and

n intelligence displayed by them in the discovery of certain

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PREFACE

All intelligent teachers of history realize the desirability of having their students do more reading of history than is contained in the text-book, and most of them agree that this is best found in records and writings contemporary with the events being studied. But the practical problem of providing such readings for classes is by no means easy to solve. Those who have tried to procure the necessary number of copies of books, to discover English translations, to find applicable passages, and to make practicable requirements best know the difficulties of the task. I hope that this book of readings from the original sources of English history will help to overcome these obstacles. It is intended to be used as a close companion to my Short History of England: the matter contained in it is arranged in the same order as the subjects taken up in that text-book, and is selected with a view to the further explanation and illustration of the principal points there discussed. It can, however, obviously be used in connection with other text-books, and in any case, where time is insufficient to make use of all the illustrative extracts, a selection from them can be ojinade by the teacher.

5> I have, of course, utilized the suggestions of earlier ~ collectors of similar material, and take this opportunity _<of acknowledging my indebtedness to the ingenuity and en intelligence displayed by them in the discovery of certain

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