Chapter 9, Levy for a Fleet

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD–Sweyn’s Revenge

After having often tried the shameful expedient of bribing their enemies, by great sums of money, to desist from their depredations, and finding that this, like throwing oil into a fire, increased instead of diminished their violence, the English became sensible of their error in neglecting their fleet, the wily impenetrable bulwark of their country. To correct this error, a law was made A.D. 1008, obliging the proprietors of every three hundred and ten hides of land to Read More >>>

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