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THE

HISTORY

OF

E N G L A N D,

AS WELL

Ecclesiastical as Civil.

BEY
M" DE RADI:N THOYR AS.

VOL. II. In Two PARTS

Part I. Contains the Reigns of ETHELRED II, SWEYN,

EDMUND Ironfide, CANUTE the Great, HAROLD
Harefoot, HARDICANUTE, EDWARD the Confessor,
HAROLD II. With the State of the CHURCH from
979 to 1066. And a Dissertation on the Government,
Laws, Customs, Manners, Religion and Language of the

ANGLO-SAXONS.
Part II. Contains the Reigns of WILLIAM the Conque-

ror, William Rufus, HENRY I. and STEPHEN; with
the State of the CHURCH from 1066 to 1154.

Done into ENGLISH from the FRENCH, with large and

useful Notes mark'd with an *, by
N TINDAL, M. A. Vicar of Great

Waltham in Effex.

Illustrated with the Heads of the Kings, &c. Curiously

Engravid on COPPER-PLATES.
LONDON, Printed for JAMES and JOHN KNAPTON,

At the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard. 1726.

FELIC LARY

asoor, Lanex ** Tilden

foundations.

1900

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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.

SIR,

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

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

may

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