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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 395



was employed by Eleanora in prompting her husband to measures for the public good, and England long enjoyed through the wise administration of her beneficent sov-ereign a respite from those evils under which the nation had groaned since the Norman conquest. By a royal patent Edward erected boroughs within the demesne lands and conferred upon them liberty of trade, and profiting by the example of Leicester, permitted them to send représenta: tives to parliament, which was the true epoch of the House of Commons—the first dawn of popular government in Eng-land. The lower or more industrious orders of the state were thus encouraged and protected, and an interest in the commonwealth diffused through all the ranks of society. ,. « .. CHAPTER IX. CONQUEST OF WALES. THE death of Joanna, mother of Eleanora, leaving the do-mains of Ponthieu and


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