Early constitutional and humanist themes

Derek Heater

in Citizenship in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622252
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671960 | DOI:
Early constitutional and humanist themes

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This chapter begins with discussion of the history of citizenship and its equivalents, and medieval and Renaissance writings on citizenship. It then considers the two main issues that rose to the surface pertinent to the matter of political citizenship, which contributed to that collapse into civil war. The two main issues were: the insistence that membership of and commitment to the Anglican Church was the essential badge of national citizenship, and the mounting claims of Parliament, especially the Commons, as the elected House, to have a rightful and powerful say in government.

Keywords: citizenship; Britain; medieval writings; Renaissance writings; religion; civil war; Anglican Church; Parliament

Chapter.  11327 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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