Discourse on History, Law, and Governance in the Public Career of John Selden, 1610-1635
University of Toronto Press, 1996 - Всего страниц: 451
In early seventeenth-century England, many able magistrates, artists, divines, lawyers, and scholars spoke, wrote, created, and acted to uphold what they conceived of as the proper governance of the commonwealth. They regularly articulated constitutionalist principles of governance in the discourse of the English common law and disputed particular policies in royal courts and parliaments. In an attempt to interpret aspects of political and historical thought in early Stuart England, especially in relationship to English common law discourse, Continental customary and civil law discourse, and a Grotian natural law discourse, this volume concentrates upon the relevant ideas and actions of John Selden. Selden (1584-1654) was a common lawyer, a scholar of the civil law, and an authority on constitutional law. Well-read in ancient and medieval history as well as the history of English law, he was a member of Parliament and an author in both Latin and English. In short, he was a major scholar and an important political figure of his time.
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.
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Young John Selden and the Ancient Constitution
De Laudibus Legum Angliæ 1616
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