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Freedom, the State, and the Individual<sup>1</sup>

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/9780198258179.003.0003

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

Freedom, the State, and the Individual1

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This chapter examines the concept freedom, the state, and the individual in English law during the Tudor period. During this time, villeinage had already disappeared and English men had begun to think about freedom expansively as including freedom from arbitrary governmental restraint. However, there were confusions about the wordings of the Magna Carta and chapter 29 was sometimes not taken as a guarantee of personal liberty.

Keywords: freedom; English law; Tudor period; Magna Carta; judicial history; personal liberty

Chapter.  7647 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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