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The Constitutionalist Revolution
An Essay on the History of England, 1450–1642

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  • Date Published: September 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511239519

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  • 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. Though he does not neglect the role of narrowly religious disagreements, Cromartie brings out the way that 'religious' and 'secular' values came to be closely 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.

    • Provides an authoritative account of the history of English constitutional thought from Sir John Fortescue (1460s) to John Locke (1680s)
    • Relates the Tudor and Stuart periods to each other within a single volume
    • Unites the history of politics and religion, thereby relating the English Reformation and the English Revolution
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    "[...]this important book presents a coherent argument and will be required reading for scholars of the political philosophy and high politics of early modern England."
    -Andrew Hopper, H-Albion

    "This is a wide-ranging and illuminating study[...]the thesis is highly persuasive."
    Richard Cust, University of Birmingham, American Historical Review

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    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511239519
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. Fortescue's world
    2. St German's world
    3. Reformation and the body politic
    4. Commonwealth and common law
    5. Puritanism and Anglicanism
    6. James, kingship, and religion
    7. Law, politics, and Sir Edward Coke
    8. The constitutionalist revolution
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Alan Cromartie, University of Reading

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