« THE Norman Conquest is the great turning-point in the history of the English nation. Since the first settlement of the English in Britain, the introduction of Christianity is the only event which can compare beginning with it in importance […] The Norman Conquest brought with it a most extensive foreign infusion, which affected our blood, our language, our laws, our arts […] A kingdom which had hitherto been purely Teutonic was brought within the sphere of the laws, the manners, the speech, of the Romance nations. […] »