Political Ideas and Parliament

James H. Burns

in Parliament in Context, 1235–1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748614868
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672233 | DOI:
Political Ideas and Parliament

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This chapter examines the main strands of thought that influenced parliament and people's ideas of parliament. It argues that, while parliament did not hold a prominent position in the expression of political thought during the medieval period, it was none the less a key forum in which political theories were practically articulated, both overtly and implicitly. From the middle of the sixteenth century onwards, however, it gained considerable prominence in political writings through its role in revolutions.

Keywords: political theory; Scottish parliament; political thought; medieval period

Chapter.  13401 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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