The British Empire is the world of Soul of the Beast, and the greatest empire on earth in its day . Below are excerpts from an online article about the empire from New World Encyclopedia. Click the link to read the full article.
The British Empire is the most extensive empire in world history and for a time was the foremost global power. …By 1921, the British Empire ruled a population of [approximately 500] million people… one-quarter of the world’s population. It covered about 14.3 million square miles [which is], about a quarter of Earth‘s total land area. …The British Empire was… “the empire on which the sun never sets” …[because] the empire’s span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies.
At the time of the Beast series, the British Empire had divisions between the social classes that were like impenetrable walls. A person remained in the class into which she or he was born. Members of the upper social classes generally saw those in the lower classes as inferior and deserving of the struggles that came with their lower status.
John Sexton was born into the Knight class of the British social structure. Mick Kelley’s father and family were in the laborer class, the lowest class. It is sad to say, but without the extreme circumstances in his life, John would never have become mates with Mick or David. There would have been no interaction between them.
Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that list the social classes of Great Britain in 1886. Continue reading →