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E N G L A N D,
Ecclesiastical as Civil.
VOL. II. In Two PARTS
Part I. Contains the Reigns of ETHELRED II, SWEYN,
EDMUND Ironfide, CANUTE the Great, HAROLD
ror, William Rufus, HENRY I. and STEPHEN; with
Done into ENGLISH from the FRENCH, with large and
useful Notes mark'd with an *, by
Waltham in Effex.
Illustrated with the Heads of the Kings, &c. Curiously
Engravid on COPPER-PLATES.
At the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard. 1726.
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Sir CHARLES WAGER, K.
One of the Lords Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High-Admiral of GreatBritain, Vice-Admiral of the Red Squadron of his Majesty's Fleet, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Squadron of Ships now in the Baltick, and Plenipotentiary to the Court of Sweden.
HIS Translation, to which I nake bold to prefix your Name,
amongst other remarkable OcT
currences, gives an Account of Two great Revolutions in Eng
land; the First by the Danish, the Second by the Norman Arms : Both which
are standing Monuments of the Necessity of a Naval Force, not only for the Grandeur, but the Safeguard of our Ifand. For as the Weakness of our Ancestors, their little Reputation Abroad, their being continually liable to Foreign Invasions, was chiefly, if not altogether, owing to the want of a Fleet; so on the contrary, they grew more Strong and Powerful, their Dread of Invasions disappear’d, and their Fame gain'd Ground in the World, in Proportion as their Shipping encreas’d. And now that we are at this present Height of Grandeur and Glory, have the Balance of Power in our Hands, are more Formidable than ever, not only to the Neighbouring, but most Distant Nations, keep in Awe (as You your Self experience at this very Time) the Disturbers of the Peace of Europe, and compel them, tho'never so unwilling, to sit down in Quiet, proceeds entirely from the Flourishing Condition of our Navy, which for Number of Ships, for Stout and Able Sailors, and for Brave and Experienc'd Officers, I may venture to say is not to be equalld by all the Maritime Powers of Europe.
We have likewise in this part of Mr. de Rapin's History, an impartial Account of the Origin of our Constitution, particularly in the Dif. sertation on the Government, Laws, &c. of the Anglo-Saxons, and a plain Refutation of that groundless and pernicious Notion, started among us of late Years, that all the Rights and Privia, leges of the People of England are but so many Concessions of their Princes. For here all