Alan Cromartie gives an innovative account of English constitutional ideas from the mid-fifteenth century to the time of Charles I, showing how the emergence of grand claims for common law, the country’s strange unwritten legal system, shaped England’s cultural development.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Fortescue's world; 2. St German's world; 3. Reformation and the body politic; 4. Commonwealth and common law; 5. Puritanism and Anglicanism; 6. James, kingship, and religion; 7. Law, politics, and Sir Edward Coke; 8. The constitutionalist revolution; Epilogue.
"[...]this important book presents a coherent argument and will be required reading for scholars of the political philosophy and high politics of early modern England."
-Andrew Hopper, H-Albion
"This is a wide-ranging and illuminating study[...]the thesis is highly persuasive."
Richard Cust, University of Birmingham, American Historical Review