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PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORY IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON;

LATE FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

Those few battles, of which a contrary event would have essentially varied

the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes.—HALLAM.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.

1851.

223. 6.59

LONDON : Printed by SAMUEL Bentley and Co.,

Bangor House, Shoe Lane.

THE

FIFTEEN DECISIVE BATTLES

OF THE WORLD.

CHAPTER VIII.

THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS, 1066

Eis vos la Bataille assemblée,
Dunc encore est grant renomée.

Roman de Rou, 13183.

ARLETTA's pretty feet twinkling in the brook made her the mother of William the Conqueror. Had she not thus fascinated Duke Robert the Liberal of Normandy, Harold would not have fallen at Hastings, no Anglo-Norman dynasty could have arisen, no British empire. The reflection is Sir Francis Palgrave's : * and it is emphatically true. If any one should write a history of “Decisive loves that have materially influenced the drama of the world in all its subsequent scenes,” the daughter of the tanner of Falaise

* “History of Normandy and England,” vol. i. p. 526.

VOL. II.

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