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To the counsels of friends at present engaged in active school work we have everywhere tried to pay attention; but no matter how carefully prepared a textbook may be, the results to be gained from its use must chiefly depend upon the teacher, and those who have taught history themselves will know that it is an exceptionally hard subject to deal with satisfactorily.

It is neither customary nor needful to give a list of the books used in preparing such a work as this. It will be enough, we hope, for us to say that we have written it from the main original documents upon which our knowledge of English history must depend, though we have not, of course, omitted to consult modern writers. Those of our friends to whom we owe special gratitude for help or advice should know that we feel it, though their names are not recorded here.

The Index will give the main references, and the headings affixed to each section will be found to yield a running epitome of the contents of the book.

The work was originally written in three parts, each of which is complete in itself.

The first part, for which Mr. F. York Powell alone is responsible, ends with the death of Henry VII. The second and third parts, on the same plan and scale, are the work of Mr. T. F. Tout. In the present re-issue the three parts are brought together in a single volume to form a complete History of England.

The separate indices have been carefully fused into one by Mr. T. Bateson.

The present edition has been revised throughout and brought up to date.

F. Y. P.

T. F. T. April, 1900.

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