The Politics of the Ancient Constitution

An Introduction to English Political Thought, 1603–1642

  • Authors
  • Glenn Burgess

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Exploring the Ancient Constitution of England

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 19-78
    3. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 79-105
  3. The Common Law Mind and the Structure of Political Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 109-114
    3. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 115-138
    4. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 139-178
    5. Glenn Burgess
      Pages 212-231
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 232-293

About this book


The Politics of the Ancient Constitution is a close examination of the political ideas of common lawyers in early Stuart England, and includes important surveys of the ideas of Sir Edward Coke and John Selden. It provides an original interpretation of the lawyers' theory of the ancient constitution and on this basis it provides a novel interpretation of the basic structure of political thought and ideology in pre-Civil War England. In this way the book is able to make a substantial contribution to debates over the ideological origins of the English Revolution.


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