Subjects and Sovereigns: The Grand Controversy Over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England
Cambridge University Press, 11 déc. 2003 - 440 pages
Concerned in a general way with theories of legitimacy, this book describes a transformation in English political thought between the opening of the civil war in 1642 and the Bill of Rights in 1689. When it was complete, the political nation as a whole had accepted the modern idea of parliamentary or legal sovereignty. The authors argue that a conservative theory of order, which assigned the king a lofty and unrivalled position, gave way in these years to a more radical community-centered view of government by which the king shared law-making on equal terms with the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Although the community-centered ideology may appear unexceptional to the modern observer, it constituted a revolutionary departure from the prevailing order theory of kingship and political society that had characterized political thought in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
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The new age of political definition
That Poisonous Tenet of coordination
The curious case of William Prynne
The idiom of restoration politics
Coordination and coevality in exclusion literature
The lawmakers and the dispensing power
Coordination and resistance at the Revolution
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