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Making HistoryEdward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics$
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G.A. Bremner and Jonathan Conlin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265871

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265871.001.0001

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E. A. Freeman and His History of the Norman Conquest

E. A. Freeman and His History of the Norman Conquest

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(p.239) 13 E. A. Freeman and His History of the Norman Conquest
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Making History
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Judith A. Green

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265871.003.0013

E. A. Freeman’s History of the Norman Conquest was the work which he hoped would cement his academic standing and, at the time it was begun, finally secure a chair at Oxford. The work was initially conceived as a single volume which grew to five and an index volume. It exhibits both Freeman’s strengths and weaknesses: on the one hand his knowledge of the printed sources and topography of the sites discussed and, on the other, his stress on the Teutonic descent of the English, his over-readiness to see the present in the past, his narrow focus on political and constitutional history, and his overblown language. This essay explores the work in the context in which it was written, and its place in the historiography of the Norman Conquest.

Keywords:   England, racism, nationalism, constitutional history, Norman Conquest, historiography

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