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The radical face of the ancient constitution: St. Edward's “laws” in early modern political thought

The radical face of the ancient constitution: St. Edward's “laws” in early modern political thought

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  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Janelle Renfrow Greenberg
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Cambridge [England] : University of Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Publication Type (Medium): Sources
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.org.uk/the-radical-face-of-the-ancient-constitution-st-edward-s-laws-in-early-modern-political-thought/ (Stable identifier)

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XI, 343 pages ; 24 cm

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Janelle Greenberg.
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 12 editions
  • First edition Date: 2001
  • Last edition Date: 2006
  • Languages: British English
  • Library of Congress Code: KD3954
  • Dewey Code: 342.42029
  • ISBN: 0521791316 9780521791311
  • OCLC: 51637876

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This book deals with the ways in which medieval and early modern historians, lawyers and politicians deployed their own national history to justify opposition to the English kingship. More particularly, it is a study of the origins and development of an historical construct called the 'radical ancient constitution', a version of the past which originated from sources including the so-called 'Laws' of Edward the Confessor. The book tells how a cult of kingship, centred around the Confessor's 'Laws', was transformed from a cult that sacralised the upstart Norman dynasty into one which desecrated the Stuart monarchy. In telling the story of the 'ancient constitution' the author reconfigures the historical landscape of early modern England and demonstrates that the so-called Whig version of history, far from being a concoction of seventeenth-century dissidents, enjoyed the sanction of medieval and early modern historians, scholars and lawyers.

Main Contents

1. Hagiography and historiography: the long shadow of Edward the Confessor
2. “Those most noble and equitable laws of St. Edward”: from the cult of the Confessor to the cult of the Confessor's laws
3. “Divers and sundry ancient histories and chronicles”: the articulation of the ancient constitution in the Tudor period
4. “By lex terrae is meant the laws of St. Edward the Confessor”: the footprints of the Saxons in the early seventeenth century
5. “You shall be king while you rule well”: the radical ancient constitution in the civil wars and interregnum
6. “That noble transcript of the original contract, the Confessor's laws”: the radical ancient constitution in the late Stuart period.

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Acknowledgments
1. Hagiography and historiography: the long shadow of Edward the Confessor
2. 'Those most equitable laws of St. Edward': from the cult of the Confessor to the cult of the Confessor's laws
3. 'Divers and sundry ancient histories and chronicles': the articulation of the ancient constitution in the Tudor period
4. 'By lex terrae is meant the laws of St Edward the Confessor': the footprints of the Saxons in the early seventeenth century
5. 'You shall be king as while you rule well': the radical ancient constitution in the civil wars and the interregnum
6. 'The noble transcript of the original contract, the Confessor's laws': the radical Ancient Constitution in the late Stuart period
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