The Growth of Political Liberty: A Source Book of English History (Classic Reprint)

The Growth of Political Liberty: A Source Book of English History (Classic Reprint)

by Ernest Rhys
     
 

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The main idea in this history-book is to trace the slow political growth of the common folk, from the folk-right assigned in the old "Dooms" of Alfred and Edgar, to the fuller liberty given them by the "Acts" of Parliament in our time. It is a long record, covering many of those

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Excerpt from The Growth of Political Liberty: A Source Book of English History

The main idea in this history-book is to trace the slow political growth of the common folk, from the folk-right assigned in the old "Dooms" of Alfred and Edgar, to the fuller liberty given them by the "Acts" of Parliament in our time. It is a long record, covering many of those notable great events which Caxton said ought "most to be remembered among us English men"; but giving also from first-hand sources, or from the chroniclers and historians, a rough chart of our common rights and privileges, "as by law established." Along with them, and in part arising out of them, we gain a sense of the faith of the people in their country and in their true governors who could ordain like Edgar: "This is what I will - that Every Man be worthy of folk-right, poor and rich alike, and that righteous dooms be judged to him."

In the same spirit Alfred decreed that English history should be truly set down in an English book. Thus, law by law, record by record, the prescriptive right of the folk to safe-conduct in their life and work, and to justice at the hands of their rulers and governors, is asserted and reasserted. History, so understood, is the secular bible of each race, though only one race may have had the divine idea. It is, as we find in the Polychronicon, "a perpetual conservatrice" of the things done before this present time, both the things which were to be desired, and the things to be eschewed. It has a forward office too, as recognising in each predicament of the race a sign of its true political destiny - one associated with its island condition, and sea-bound and sea-enlarged limits. The islands bred a notable people, already showing a marked bias and stout temper, before any Angle or Saxon had landed. We read in Tacitus that they would bear cheerfully "the service of government," if they were not ill-treated. For their subjection ran to obedience, but not to servitude.

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ISBN-13:
9781440071638
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/04/2015
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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