Carlisle

Carlisle

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. CARLISLE AN ENGLISH CITY. 1092-1158. The story which has been told in the previous chapter is introductory to the real history of Carlisle. It only shows that the rock which shelves towards the Eden was a site which offered natural advantages not to be overlooked at any period of human habitation. But the vicissitudes of the history of tho town on the Eden mark the existence of a problem which would require solution -- the problem of the exact boundaries of the English kingdom. Hitherto they had been undetermined ; no ruler had been strong enough to fix a definite frontier; no power had been sufficiently organised to mark out the limits of its sway and give a meaning to the principles on which its dominion rested. Carlisle had witnessed a series of changing experiments. The time was approaching -when experiments were to end, and Carlisle was to enter upon its historical position as the Border fortress of the English kingdom. This was the doing of "William Rufus, who, in spifcohis predecessors had done, and that he would endure no separate kingdom of northern England. William Rufus went a step further, and showed that he meant to be king of England with a definiteness which none of his predecessors had dared to claim. He marked out the Welsh border, and he marked out the Scottish border as well. Hitherto Caerluel had wavered between divers masters ; William Riifus would have it waver no more, but claimed it decidedly as English ground. In so doing he practically called it into new being; for it was little better than a heap of ruins and scarcely fit to be the abode of men. It had not prospered under the care of its Scottish overlord. The Northumbrian earls were strong enough to win back from him in some shape or other part of the old possessions of the Northum...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217452762
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 3 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217452760
Publisher Date: 07 Feb 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 58
Series Title: English
Weight: 123 gr
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