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John Selden

(1584—1654) lawyer and historical and linguistic scholar


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(1584–1654)

English lawyer, historian, and antiquary. Although not a Puritan, he used his knowledge of the law on Parliament's behalf in its conflicts with Charles I, and was repeatedly imprisoned. A member of most of the Parliaments after 1621, he was active in the impeachment of Buckingham (1626), and helped to draw up the Petition of Right (1628).

Subjects: History.


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