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The origins of the English Parliament, 924-1327

Author: John Robert Maddicott
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Ford lectures, 2004.
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The Origins of the English Parliament is a magisterial account of the evolution of parliament, from its earliest beginnings in the late Anglo-Saxon period. Starting with the national assemblies which began to meet in the reign of King AEthelstan, it carries the story through to the fully fledged parliament of lords and commons of the early fourteenth century, which came to be seen as representative of the whole  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Robert Maddicott
ISBN: 9780199585502 0199585504
OCLC Number: 501395525
Notes: "The Ford lectures delivered in the University of Oxford in Hilary term 2004."
Description: xv, 526 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Genesis: 'the witan of the English people', 924-1066 --
Confluence: English council, feudal counsel, 1066-1189 --
Transformation: the making of the community of the realm, 1189-1227 --
Establishment: the first age of Parliamentary politics, 1227-1258 --
Consolidation: Parliament and baronial reform, 1258-1272 --
Expansion: Parliament and nation, 1272-1327 --
English exceptionalism? The peculiarities of the English Parliament. Conclusion.
Series Title: Ford lectures, 2004.
Responsibility: J.R. Maddicott.
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One of the masterpieces of historical writing of our time. Nigel Saul, History Today One of the most important recent books on English history...a magisterial account Michael Wood, BBC History Read more...

 
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