A Child’s History of England is a historical work by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in the periodical Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853.

The work was later published in three volumes:

  1. Volume One, published on December 20, 1851, entitled England from the Ancient Times, to the Death of King John.
  2. Volume Two, published on December 25, 1852, entitled England from the Reign of Henry the Third, to the Reign of Richard the Third.
  3. Volume Three, published on December 24, 1853, entitled England from the Reign of Henry the Seventh to the Revolution of 1688.


Some became Crusaders for the love of change; some, in the hope of plunder; some, because they had nothing to do at home; some, because they did what the priests told them; some, because they liked to see foreign countries.

Chapter 9. England under William II of England.



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