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The Constitutional History of England

The Constitutional History of England

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Constitutional history should, to my mind be a history nt of parties but of institutions, not  of struggles but of results...' F.W. Maitlands' remarkable course of lelcltures provides the basic framework of english constitutional history in brief , but original, scholarly and very readable form. His method is to take five crucial periods and to present in each a panoramic view of the processes of law and governmet; his attention is always fixed on the constitution as a growing fabric, as something devised and employed by  live human beings, And in this work, as in all he subsequently wrote, Maitland shows a rare combination of high speculative power with exact knowledge of detail. So many writers can make law understandable; but there are not so many who can make it readable,. Professor Maitland was a master of that art... The whole makes an invaluable introduction to the law of citizenship.
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Contents
Period I

English Public Law at the Death of Edward I
A.    General Characteristics of English Law and Review of Legislation
B.    The Land Law
C.    Divisions of the Realm and Local Government
D.    Central Government
E.    Administration of Justice
F.    Restospect of Feudalism
Period II
Sketch of Public Law at the Death of Henry

A.    Parliament
B.    The King and his Council
C.    Administration of Justice
D.    General Characteristics of English Law
Period III
Sketch of Public Law at the Death of James I

A.    Parliament
B.    Relation of the King to Parliament
C.    History of the Army
D.    Local Government
E.    General Characterics of Law, especially Criminal Law
F.    Legal History of the Reformation
Period IV
Sketch of Public Law at the Death of William III

A.    Constitution of the Kingship
B.    Constitution of Parliament
C.    Frequency and Duration of Parliaments
D.    The Question of Sovereignty
E.    Legislation
F.    Taxation and Control over Finance.
G.    Administration of Justice
H.    Privilege of Parliament
Period V
Sketch of Public law at the Present Day (1887-8)

A.    The Sovereign Body
B.    The 'Crown' and the 'Government'
C.    Classification of the Powers of the Crown
D.    The Fiscal System
E.    The Military System
F.    Administration of Justice
G.    The Police System
H.    Social Affairs and Local Government
J.    The Church
K.    The Definition of Constitutiional Law
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