english lit_2165 - This was a race distinguished by their...

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This was a race ‘distinguished by their plain, homely, blunt manners, and the free spirit infused by their ancient institutions and laws’, surviving as a people through the imposition of the aristocratic ‘Norman yoke’.19 Dickens, whose ambivalent views of British history will be looked at below, enthusiastically embraced this ideal. A Child’s History of England (1852–3) begins with: a handsome people. The men were proud of their long fair hair, parted on the forehead; their ample beards, their fresh complexions, and clear eyes. The beauty of the Saxon women filled all England with a new delight and grace. All the best of the English-Saxon character was first encouraged and shown under THE

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