Subjects and Sovereigns: The Grand Controversy Over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 11, 2003 - History - 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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Contents

Preface
1
The new age of political definition
35
That Poisonous Tenet of coordination
87
The curious case of William Prynne I 24
124
The idiom of restoration politics
149
Coordination and coevality in exclusion literature
182
The lawmakers and the dispensing power
222
Coordination and resistance at the Revolution
261
Bibliography
379
Index
411
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Page 390 - The Judgment and Decree of the University of Oxford past in their Convocation July 21, 1683, against certain Pernicious Books and Damnable Doctrines, destructive to the Sacred Persons of Princes, their State and Government, and of all Humane Society.

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