Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers made the first ever flight in the aircraft that was to become the Supermarine Spitfire. Summers was the chief test pilot for Vickers and it is said that when he landed on his first flight of K5054, the first Spitfire prototype, Summers said “Don't touch a single thing”. Summers was born on March 10 th 1906.
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Education was very important to the Ancient Romans. The rich people in Ancient Rome put a great deal of faith in education. While the poor in Ancient Rome did not receive a formal education, many still learned to read and write. Children from rich families, however, were well schooled and were taught by a private tutor at home or went to what we would recognise as schools.
The Roman Empire included most of what would now be considered Western Europe. The empire was conquered by the Roman Army and a Roman way of life was established in these conquered countries. The main countries conquered were England/Wales (then known as Britannia), Spain (Hispania), France (Gaul or Gallia), Greece (Achaea), the Middle East (Judea) and the North African coastal region.
The laws introduced by William the Conqueror after his victory at Hastings in 1066, had an impact on everybody in England. These laws were introduced by William to control the English. William has gained a reputation of being nothing more than a tyrant in England. However, these laws, designed to control a conquered nation, could have been a lot worse.
Sussex is extensively reported in the Domesday Book and many modern day towns and villages can be found in it. Therefore, the Domesday Book is a valuable source for historians trying to find out about Sussex in the late 11th Century after the impact of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror landed at Pevensey Bay in Sussex in 1066.
Very few people cared about the poor in Medieval England and the lifestyle of peasants was harsh with no structured support services available to them if things went wrong - though a local monastery or convent might help though this depended on the abbot or mother superior in charge. This is a poem called “ The Crede of Piers the Ploughman “.
The most important aspect of heraldry was the charge. A charge was the name given to the main object that was to be painted on a shield and as such was the most visible part of it. Once a charge has been added, the shield was said to be 'charged with' whatever object had bens elected. A charge could be simply based around a pattern provided by ordinaries or subordinaries.
Feudalism is the name given to the system of government William I introduced to England after he defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Feudalism became a way of life in Medieval England and remained so for many centuries. William I is better known as William the Conqueror. He had defeated the English army lead by Harold but he had to gain control of all of England before he could be truly called king of England.
Medieval names were about identifying you in Medieval England. What we now take for granted - our surnames - had a specific purpose in Medieval England. Before 1066, people in England only had a single Christian name. After 1066 and William's victory at the Battle of Hastings, the Norman's introduced a more precise system that included a surname and by the Twelfth Century, English society had what we might recognise as Christian names and surnames.
Most people in Medieval England had to make their own food. Food shops were found in towns but most people were peasants who lived in villages where these did not exist. In Medieval England you, if a villager, provided for yourself and farming for your own food was a way of life dictated by the work that had to be carried out during the farming year.