"I have at last completed this work. ... It will be at once seen that, in the narrative part of this volume, even in the fuller accounts of William Rufus, Henry the First, and Stephen, I do not profess to tell the tale in full ... As the subject of this volume is the Effects of the Norman Conquest, I have written the history of those reigns from that special point of view. My object has been to enlarge on everything that throws light on the effects of the Conquest, especially on everything that throws light on the relations between Normans and English in England. Other matters I have cut comparatively short." --Preface by author, 1876.