A Child's History of England (1900)

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A Child's History of England  (1900) 
by Charles Dickens

TABLE OF THE REIGNS.
BEGINNING WITH KING ALFRED THE GREAT.

THE SAXONS
The Reign of Alfred the Great began in 871 ended in 901 and lasted 30 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Elder began in 901 ended in 925 and lasted 24 yrs.
The Reign of Athelstane began in 925 ended in 941 and lasted 16 yrs.
The Reign of the Six Boy-Kings began in 941 ended in 1016 and lasted 75 yrs.
THE DANES, AND THE RESTORED SAXONS.
The Reign of Canute began in 1016 ended in 1035 and lasted 19 yrs.
The Reign of Harold Harefoot began in 1035 ended in 1040 and lasted 5 yrs.
The Reign of Hardicarute began in 1040 ended in 1042 and lasted 2 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Confessor began in 1042 ended in 1066 and lasted 24 yrs.
The Reign of Harold the Second, and the Norman Conquest, were also within the year 1066.
THE NORMANS.
The Reign of William the First, called the Conqueror began in 1066 ended in 1087 and lasted 21 yrs.
The Reign of William the Second, called Rufus began in 1087 ended in 1100 and lasted 13 yrs.
The Reign of Henry The First, called Fine-Scholar began in 1100 ended in 1135 and lasted 35 yrs.
The Reigns of Matilda and Stephen began in 1135 ended in 1154 and lasted 19 yrs.
THE PLANTAGENETS.
The Reign of Henry the Second began in 1154 ended in 1189 and lasted 35 yrs.
The Reign of Richard the First, Called the Lion-Heart began in 1189 ended in 1199 and lasted 10 yrs.
The Reign of John, called Lackland began in 1199 ended in 1216 and lasted 17 yrs.
The Reign of Henry the Third began in 1216 ended in 1272 and lasted 56 yrs.
The Reign of Edward The First, called Longshanks began in 1272 ended in 1307 and lasted 35 yrs.
The Reign of Edward The Second began in 1307 ended In 1327 and lasted 20 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Third began in 1327 ended In 1377 and lasted 50 yrs.
The Reign of Richard The Second began in 1377 ended in 1399 and lasted 28 yrs.
The Reign of Henry the Fourth called Bollingbroke began in 1399 ended in 1413 and lasted 14 yrs
The Reign of Henry the Fifth began in 1413 ended in 1422 and lasted 9 yrs.
The Reign of Henry the Sixth began in 1422 ended in 1461 and lasted 39 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Fourth began in 1461 ended in 1483 and lasted 22 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Fifth began in 1483 ended in 1483 and lasted a few weeks
The Reign of Richard the Third began in 1483 ended in 1485 and lasted 2 years
THE TUDORS
The Reign of Henry the Seventh began in 1485 ended in 1509 and lasted 24 yrs.
The Reign of Henry the Eighth began in 1509 ended in 1547 and lasted 38 yrs.
The Reign of Edward the Sixth began in 1547 ended in 1553 and lasted 6 yrs.
The Reign of Mary began in 1553 ended in1558 and lasted 5 yrs.
The Reign of Elizabeth began in 1558 ended in 1603 and lasted 45 yrs.
THE STUARTS.
The Reign of James the First began in 1603. ended in 1625 and lasted 22 yrs.
The Reign of Charles the First began in 1625. ended in 1649 and lasted 24 yrs.
THE COMMONWEALTH.
The Council of State and Government by Parliament began in 1649 ended in 1653 and lasted 4yrs.
The Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell began in 1653 ended in 1658 and lasted 5 yrs.
The Protecterate of Richard Cromwell} began in 1658 ended in 1659 and lasted seven months
The Council of State and Government by Parliament resumed in 1659, ended in 1660 and lasted thirteen months
THE STUARTS RESTORED.
The Reign of Charles the Second begain in 1660 ended in 1685 and lasted 25 yrs.
The Reign of James the Second beagn in 1685 ended in 1688 and lasted 3 yrs.
THE REVOLUTION.—1688. (Comprised in the concluding chapter.)
The Reign of William and Mary began in 1689 ended in 1695 and lasted 6 yrs.
The Reign of William III ended in 1702 and lasted 13 yrs.
The Reign of Anne began in 1702 ended in 1714 and lasted 12 yrs
The Reign of George the First began in 1714 ended in 1727 and lasted 13 yrs
The Reign of George the Second begain in 1727 ended in 1760 and lasted 10 Yrs
The Reign of George the Third began in 1760 ended in 1820 and lasted 60 yrs.
The Regin of George the Fourth began in 1820 ended in 1830 and lasted 10 yrs.
The Reign of William the Fourth begin in 1830 ended In 1837 and lasted 7 yrs.
The Reign of Victoria began in 1837.

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE, AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.


Chapter
Page
I.
Ancient England and the Romans. From 50 years before Christ, to the Year of our Lord 460
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7
II.
Ancient England under the Early Saxons. From the year 450, to the year 871
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16
III.
England under the Good Saxon, Alfred, and Edward the Elder. From the year 871, to the year 901
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
21
IV.
England under Athelstane and the Six Boy-Kings. From the year 925, to the year 1016
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27
V.
England under Canute the Dane. From the year 1016, to the year 1035
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38
VI.
England under Harold Harefoot, Hardicanute, and Edward the Confessor. From the year 1035, to the year 1066
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
40
VII.
England under Harold the Second, and conquered by the Normans. All in the same year, 1066.
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47
VIII.
England under William the First, the Norman Conqueror. From the year 1066, to the year 1087.
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51
IX.
England under William the Second, called Rufus. From the year 1087, to the year 1100
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
58
X.
England under Henry the First, called Fine-Scholar. From the year 1100, to the year 1135
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
65
XI.
England under Matilda and Stephen. From the year 1135, to the year 1154
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
75

Parts First and Second.

XII.
England under Henry the Second. From the year 1154, to the year 1189.
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
79
XIII.
England under Richard the First, called the Lionheart. From the year 1189, to the year 1199
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
89
XIV.
England under John, called Lackland. From the year 1199, to the year 1216
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
107
XV.
England under Henry the Third. From the year 1216, to the year 1272
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
119
XVI.
England under Edward the First, called Longshanks. From the year 1272, to the year 1307.
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132
XVII.
England under Edward the Second. From the year 1307, to the year 1327
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148
XVIII.
England under Edward the Third. From the year 1327, to the year 1377
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
158
XIX.
England under Richard the Second. From the year 1377, to the year 1399
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
171
XX.
England under Henry the Fourth, called Bolingbroke. From the year 1399, to the year 1413.
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182

Parts First and Second.

XXI.
England under Henry the Fifth. From the year 1413, to the year 1422
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187

Parts First and Second (The Story of Joan of Arc), and Third.

XXII.
England under Henry the Sixth. From the year 1422, to the year 1461
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
198
XXIII.
England under Edward the Fourth. From the year 1461, to the year 1483
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217
XXIV.
England under Edward the Fifth. For a few weeks in the year 1483.
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225
XXV.
England under Richard the Third. From the year 1483, to the year 1485
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229
XXVI.
England under Henry the Seventh. From the year 1485, to the year 1509
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232
XXVII.
England under Henry the Eighth, called Bluff King Hal and Burly King Harry. From the year 1509, to the year 1533
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244
XXVIII.
England under Henry the Eighth, called Bluff King Hal and Burly King Harry. From the year 1533 to the year 1547
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256
XXIX.
England under Edward the Sixth. From the year 1547 to the year 1553
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264
XXX.
England under Mary. From the year 1553, to the year 1558
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274

Parts First, Second, and Third.

XXXI.
England under Elizabeth. From the year 1558, to the year 1603
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287

Parts First and Second.

XXXII.
England under James the First. From the year 1603, to the year 1625
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311

Parts First, Second, Third and Fourth.

XXXIII.
England under Charles the First. From the year 1625, to the year 1649
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328

Parts First and Second.

XXXIV.
England under Oliver Cromwell. From the year 1649 to the year 1660
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357

Parts First and Second.

XXXV.
England under Charles the Second, called the Merry Monarch. From the year 1660, to the year 1685
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373
XXXVI.
England under James the Second. From the year 1685, to the year 1688
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395
XXXVII.
Conclusion. From the year 1688, to the year 1837.
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408


This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.