CONQUESTS OF ENGLAND.
By JAMES AUGUSTUS ST. JOHN.
in two volumes.
" Gives evidence of the courage and learning which enable a man to form and assert his own opinions."a Westminster Review.
" A history, and a very able history of England, from the earliest times to the death of the first Norman monarch. . . . We have no hesitation in saying, that it is in our estimation the best history of the Anglo-Saxons for the general reader we possess. . . . Mr. St. John is a writer of great talent as well as a zealous investigator of historical truth: and his language possesses always the attraction of vigour and elegance, while it is often poetical, and in his descriptions extremely picturesque. He displays, moreover, an intimate and a quick appreciation of individual character, as wp11. as of the causes and motives of political and social action among our Anglo- Sax^n forefathers, which we find in none of his predecessors. ... In conclusion we can only repeat the high opinion we entertain of Mr. St. John's labours. He has given us the best history of the Anglo-Saxons we now possess; and what is more, he has known how to clothe the truth of history with the attractions of romance."aLiterary Gazette.
" Here are two volumes which reflect credit on the patience, research, industry, and learning of the author. The story of the Four Conquests has never been narrated more lucidly or less dryly. The one is not made to succeed to the other as an independent narrative ; but each is shown to have been a natural and inevitable consequence of the one by which it was preceded ; and thus to the four divisions in which the series of wars is portrayed is given the interest and the warmth of a continuous history. Mr. St. John has done his work well and honestly."aAthenum.
" Mr. St. John writes as a patriot ; he recognizes no period in the history of his country when its population deserved the character of uncivilized savages, which so many writers have attributed to the aboriginal Britons. . . . As we approach the period of the Norman Conquest, there is more historical light, and far less room for conjecture than in the earlier times. . . . All this is well told, and the account of the battle of Hastings which crowned it with success is one of the most stirring we ha ve ever read. . . . We heartily accord him our praise for the thoroughly English spirit in which his history is written, and for the manliness of the sentiments by which it is pervaded."aDaily News.
" Mr. St. John has done a good work. If he has occasionally allowed his feelings to get the better of his impartiality, he has evidently tried to arrive at the truth ; ana we think that his work will ever be regarded as a worthy addition to English literature, by a more than usually conscientious and painstaking historian."aCritic.
" The happiest part of this history will be found in the descriptions of the appearance and products of the island at the various epochs referred to, and in the sketches of the great men who stand out as light-houses above the surrounding darkness."aGlobe.
" Mr. St. John has worthily devoted himself to the production as his magnum opus of a history of that great mingling of races which has resulted in the growth of the English people. . . . With patient care Mr. St. John has unravelled the tangled