Synopses & Reviews
English political relationships in the seventeenth century were governed by the law. The cataclysmic upheavals of the period--Civil War, Revolution, Restoration--can be traced to legal causes
This is a study of law and governance in early Stuart England. It explores the use made by successive English administrations, of the legal system ¿of courts and judges¿in the pursuit of public policy. It introduces the reader to the prevailing ideas about the law in the seventeenth century, examines the structure and machinery of the legal system and, in particular, the role of the common law judges, and assesses the degree to which successive governments were able¿and willing--to keep faith with the requirements of the law.
This book measures contemporary attitudes to the law to see how c17th century Englishmen defined the role of law in their society, to see what their expectations were of the law and how these expectations helped shape political debate and determined political decisions over the course of a very turbulent century.
The issues discussed in the book are central to any understanding of the constitutional conflicts of the century¿and therefore to the evolution of the English and American legal system. This book provides a clear and balanced synthesis of the arguments presented in that process and of the specific cases involved.
James S. Hart Jr is Associate Professor of History, University of Oklahoma. He is the author of `Justice Upon Petition: The House of Lords and the Reformation of Justice, 1621-1675¿ (1991).
'Thorough, free of too much academic jargon, and up to speed with recent scholarship, this is a valuable...work for serious students of the period.' BBC History
"The English Revolution of the seventeenth century was driven by lawyers. The struggle between the monarchy and Parliament was legal in its character and impact. The Rule of Law" explores this central theme in early modern history. This book measures contemporary attitudes to the law, within and outside of the legal profession. The author examines how 17th century Englishmen defined the role of law in their society and what their expectations were of the law. He looks at how these expectations helped shape the political debate and ultimately determined political decisions over the course of a very turbulent century. For readers interested in British history.
The English Revolution of the seventeenth century was driven by lawyers. The struggle between the monarchy and Parliament was legal in its character and impact. `The Rule of Law¿ explores this central theme in early modern history.
- Stuart England and the English Revolution is a major undergraduate course - students will use this book.
- Rule of Law is central to Civil War and all major seventeenth century debates.
- Wide appeal: discusses long term political significance of the legal issues.
- Considerable success of books on Stuart history - e.g. The Stuart Age/Coward.
- Will establish itself as the standard work of reference in this area.
About the Author
James S Hart Jr is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma.
Table of Contents
SECTION I: FOUNDATIONS OF LAW
1. The Structure and Machinery of the Law
2. The Judiciary
SECTION II: ROYAL GOVERNMENT
3. James I: of Kings and Kingdoms
4. Charles I: New Solutions for Old Problems
SECTION III: PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT
5. The High Court of Parliament
6. The Great Council
SECTION IV: CROMWELLIAN GOVERNMENT
7. Law and the New Republic
8. The Good Constable