The Invasions of England by Edward Foord & Gordon Home

The Invasions of England by Edward Foord & Gordon Home

by Edward Foord, Gordon Home

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It has quite recently been stated in an American journal that Herr Dernburg--the German official apologist to the United States--speaking of the shelling of Hartlepool and Yorkshire watering-places, was convinced that it would 'bring home to the English people a keen realization of the fact that every serious attempt to invade England in the past has been successful.' Had Herr Dernburg read any connected narrative of the invasions of England we are of opinion that he would never have made this statement, for it is obvious that since the Norman conquest no successful invasion has taken place without the active sympathy and assistance of a great section of the population.
Both before and during the present war the Germans have shown themselves so incapable of reading correctly the habits of thought of the British, of Americans, of Indians, of South Africans, that one is scarcely surprised to find them ignorant of the history of the British peoples also.
Let Herr Dernburg study the history of the Cinque Ports, or of any of the seafaring towns of South Devon and Cornwall, and he will find thatvi sporadic raids and bombardments were frequent enough in mediæval, Tudor, and even later times; but for any invasion that did not meet in some degree with the approval of the country he will search in vain after he has passed the landmark of 1066. Even the Norman conquest was achieved through the lack of that real national cohesion which could not come to pass within such a brief period as the interval between the last Danish invasion and the death of Edward the Confessor.
Great Britain and Ireland in 1915 show a united front to the invader, and the inevitable fate of any force that has the temerity to set hostile feet on British soil will be the same as that of General Tate and his 1,400 men in the year 1797.
There is such a widespread lack of exact knowledge on the subject of the invasions of England that this new edition, at a popular price, of a volume concerned with the whole of them, from Cæsar to Napoleon, may help to clear a good many minds of misconceptions.

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BN ID: 2940151416931
Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

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