1066 The Conquest by Peter Fieldman

By Peter Fieldman

ENGLAND'S DEFINING second IN background 1000 YEARS in the past ON essentially the most very important DATES IN ENGLISH HISTORY.

A NORMAN DUKE LED THE final INVASION of britain TO turn into KING of britain. APPOINTED DUKE OF NORMANDYAT THE AGE OF 8 at the dying OF HIS FATHER, HE SURVIVED makes an attempt ON HIS existence AND GREW UP IN A MEDIEVAL international filled with INTRIGUE, TREACHERY AND VENGEANCE . AFTER YEARS OF clash HE turned the main strong FEUDAL WARLORD IN NORMANDY AND received THE FRIENDSHIP OF HIS maximum RIVAL, HAROLD, THE SAXON EARL, until eventually the ultimate disagreement at the box close to HASTINGS GAVE HIM THE CROWN . this is often 1066, THE LEGEND OF WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

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Within only a decade of building their first factories Oldham’s employers had been forced to put on army uniforms and use their sabres,55 and it will be argued here that the suddenness of this breakdown, far from being coincidental, stemmed directly from the inability of the old-style social structure to sustain the new pressures of industrial capitalism. As soon as the basic area of conflict started to shift from prices to wages, the very tightness of the old systems of control (above all their outlawry of a separate labour identity) proved their greatest liability.

The republicans’, reported one agent. ‘are drinking Mr. 80 At the height of the crisis in 1801 the Oldham leaders were able to assemble meetings several thousand strong on Tandle Hill (between Oldham and Royton) and on Buckland Castle Moor (some miles to the south). 81 It was also this particular period which saw the first really serious loss of nerve amongst employers. In mid-March 1801 Sir Robert Peel received two letters from business associates in Bury (six miles north of Oldham): Every link that bound subject to government seems broken—no confidence—no interest felt in the welfare of the country—feeling pinching hunger—seeing rising markets and no prospects—but the hand of oppression (as they think) continually upon them— any kind of change they say must be for the better.

Moreover, even if it had, any single series would not be much 42 INDUSTRIALIZATION AND SOCIETY general use for an industry that contained many varieties of cloth (continually changing in relative importance) and a range of production techniques that altered radically over the forty-year period. Nonetheless, for particular cloths and areas reasoned estimates are possible, and this is what has been attempted for Oldham in figure 3 (page 36). This figure refers solely to weavers of velveteen fustian (the staple cloth of the Oldham area) and is mainly derived from three sources.

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