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Author Christianson, Paul, 1937-

Title Discourse on history, law, and governance in the public career of John Selden, 1610-1635 / Paul Christianson.

Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [1996]


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Physical description xiii, 451 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [301]-419) and index.
Contents 1. Young John Selden and the Ancient Constitution, ca 1610-1618 -- 2. John Selden's Parliamentary Career, 1621-1629 -- 3. John Selden's Interpretations of History and Law in the 1630s.
Summary Paul Christianson analyses the relevant books and public speeches of Selden from 1610 to 1635 as a means of understanding the genesis of constitutional conflict in seventeenth-century England. He discusses Selden's early histories of English and European institutions, showing how Selden's interpretations changed over time in relation to his scholarship, his politics, and his view of the English constitution as a 'mixed monarchy.' Christianson also analyses Selden's historical method and demonstrates how Titles of Honor (1631) provided his most mature scholarly portrayal of European constitutions and how Mare Clausum marked his first major move toward a natural law theory of politics.
Subject Selden, John, 1584-1654.
Constitutional history -- Great Britain.
Political science -- Great Britain.
Law -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1649.
ISBN 0802008380 (acid-free paper)