The continuity of English history and the undermining of historical certainties. The effects of studying a village over a period of 500 years through the records. It gives a strong sense of continuity. Why many historians had misunderstood the basic structure of English history, fitting it into a chronology of from feudal to capitalism, which many of my teachers believed in. Their work based on fragmentary records and they invented a capitalist revolution. But we could not find a large break, rather a long snaking history, the changing same. The importance of Maitland who had also looked in depth at medieval records, but his vision had been forgotten.