British History is the Religious, Cultural, and Legal prelude to American History. The Colonization of these shores by Protestant England was a huge determining factor in what sort of country we would become. “The Early Dawn” by Elizabeth Rundle Charles is a informative and entertaining fictional narrative of Christianity in England from the times of the Druids through King Henry VIII’s reign. An easy introduction to British history, it is set up as a series of sketches and “journals”. It covers the Roman occupation, followed by The Saxon, Danish, and Norman invasions, the Crusades and the very beginnings of the Reformation. Some of the notable figures who are deftly woven into the tale include Caedmon, Bede, Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Chaucer, and Wycliffe. I found this book to be very helpful in forming a mental timeline of British History and keeping the order of events straight!
Written in the mid-1800’s, it‘s vocabulary may be a stretch for younger children, but any child who can handle other literature from that time period should be fine! It is, unfortunately, out of print, but multiple copies have been uploaded to the Internet Archive:
In my opinion, “The Early Dawn” is well worth downloading!
Soli Deo Gloria,