The Origin of the English Nation

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THE title of this work really conveys a more accurate suggestion of its scope than the first sentence of the preface, which describes it as an account of the early history of the English nation. There was certainly room for such a work, in which all the available evidence should be carefully considered, and Mr. Chadwick has done this with the greatest minuteness. In fact, his book suffers to some extent from over-minute discussion of questions which have at best a very faint bearing upon the main subject of his inquiry. This is especially the case with the later chapters in the volume, such as that on the Cult of Nerthus.?

The Origin of the English Nation.

By H. Munro Chadwick. Pp. viii + 352. (Cambridge: The University Press, 1907.) Price 7s. 6d. net.

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