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General Features of the Constitution

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0002

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

General Features of the Constitution

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This chapter examines the general features of the English constitution during the Tudor period. There is little to be found regarding general constitutional principles from Tudor legal sources. During this period, it was commonplace among lawyers that the king was the head of the body politic or common weal or even the supreme head of an empire, and the lords and commons were the members or limbs. This chapter discusses the devolution of the crown, the authority of early Tudor monarchs and their ministers within constitutional bodies, and the role of the parliament in constitutional issues.

Keywords: English constitution; Tudor monarchs; king; ministers; parliament; judicial history; devolution

Chapter.  19085 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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