Text-Book of the Constitutional History of England

Text-Book of the Constitutional History of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...Ghent, and there it was confirmed by him. This document settled that neither he nor his heirs could levy any taxes without the common consent of all the nation; and at the same time it was enacted--1. That copies of the Confirmatio should be sent to all the sheriffs and other magistrates throughout the kingdom, in order to be published to the people. 2. That copies should be kept in churches and cathedrals, and publicly read twice a year, with a sentence of excommunication on all who should infringe any of the articles. 3. That any judgment contrary to the charter should be invalid. It was also added, 4. That the king grants to high and low in the land, that for no business henceforth he shall take aids, tasks, tallages, but by common consent of the realm. Summary.--The legislation of Edward is so full and allembracing, that the distributive justice of England for the next 400 years may be said to have been settled and established by him. He established a parliamentary government on a permanent footing; defined the limitations of the three courts of justice; improved upon the laws of King Alfred by the orderly method of watch and ward for the preservation of the public peace, as established by the Statute of Winchester;1 and by the Statute of Provisors and others, he rolled back the tide of papal aggression. In Saxon times the Church and State were virtually one; but after the Norman conquest the Church entered upon a closer communion with Rome. In a time when every social relation presented a feudal complexion, Rome was affected with the same temper, and the Pope claimed to be the feudal chief of all Christendom. His claim in England was never much respected except by the weakest of her kings, and by the greatest of the Plantagenets it...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940296
  • 9781236940292