The Radical Face of the Ancient Constitution: St Edward's by Janelle Greenberg

By Janelle Greenberg

This booklet offers with the ways that medieval and early smooth historians, attorneys and politicians deployed their very own nationwide heritage to justify competition to the English kingship. extra quite, it's a research of the origins and improvement of an historic build referred to as the 'radical historical constitution', a model of the previous which originated from assets together with the so-called 'Laws' of Edward the Confessor. The ebook tells how a cult of kingship, focused round the Confessor's 'Laws', used to be remodeled from a cult that sacralized the upstart Norman dynasty into one that desecrated the Stuart monarchy. In telling the tale of the 'ancient structure' the writer reconfigures the old panorama of early glossy England and demonstrates that the so-called Whig model of background, faraway from being a concoction of seventeenth-century dissidents, loved the sanction of medieval and early glossy historians, students and lawyers.

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