The Constitutional History of Medieval England from the English Settlement to 1485

The Constitutional History of Medieval England from the English Settlement to 1485

The Constitutional History of Medieval England from the English Settlement to 1485

The Constitutional History of Medieval England from the English Settlement to 1485

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In a volume of this size it would not have been possible to explain every institution in detail and at the same time to give an adequate account of the undercurrents of thought and principle which determine social life and government. Some sacrifice of detail has been made in the interests of what is, I think, a not disproportionate treatment of the general lines of social and constitutional evolution. The mass of original and secondary authorities available for the study of English medieval history is now so great that few historians would care to claim a right of individual judgment over the whole period, and for the latest section of this work I have been almost entirely subject to the general conclusions which already hold the field, and have contented myself with illustrating them from the main record sources such as the Parliament Rolls and the records of the Privy Council. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to the general editor of this series, Mr E. Lipson, for his most patient and exhaustive reading of the proofs of the volume, and for advice which has, I trust, saved me from major blunders where it has been necessary to venture upon the matter of economic history.

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