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The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343

R. R. Davies


Long before the British Empire came into existence, was there an English Empire? In this study, the author examines England’s medieval conquest, the advance of English power, and the colonization of the outer zones — particularly the countries of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales — of the British Isles. The book is able to discuss the regional and ethnic fissures that entail how the British Isles remain to be separated as four different countries and four different peoples. The book shows how the increasingly vexed question of the future of the United Kingdom has its roots in the Middle Ages, when ... More

Keywords: Britain, England, Middle Ages, conquest, colonization, Edward I, Celts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. R. Davies, author
All Souls College, Oxford