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Author Cromartie, Alan.

Title The constitutionalist revolution : an essay on the history of England, 1450-1642 / Alan Cromartie.

Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KL 431 A1 CROM    DUE 21-10-19
Physical description x, 309 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Ideas in context ; 75.
Ideas in context ; 75.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Fortescue's world -- 2. St. German's world -- 3. Reformation and the body politic -- 4. Commonwealth and common law -- 5. Puritans and Anglicans -- 6. James, kingship, and religion -- 7. Law, politics, and Sir Edward Coke -- 8. The constitutionalist revolution -- Epilogue : the constitutionalism of John Locke.
Summary "Alan Cromartie gives an innovative account of English constitutional ideas from the mid-fifteenth century to the time of Charles I, showing how the emergence of grand claims for common law, the country's strange unwritten legal system, shaped England's cultural development. This is the first book of its type for at least a generation to offer an interpretative framework that covers both the Reformation and the Revolution; it makes a contribution both to the history of the English state and to the broader history of ideas. Though he does not neglect the role of narrowly religious disagreements, Dr. Cromartie brings out the way that 'religious' and 'secular' values came to be intertwined: to the majority of Charles's subjects, the rights of the clergy and the king were legal rights; the institutional structure of church and state was an expression of monarchical power; obedience to the king and to the law was a religious duty. A proper understanding of this cluster of ideas reveals why Charles found England so difficult to control and why both parties in the civil war believed that they were fighting for established institutions."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Executive power -- England -- History.
Constitutional history -- England.
Common law -- England -- History.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- History.
ISBN 0521782694 (alk. paper)
0521788110 (paperback: alk. paper)