The Evolution of Parliament

The Evolution of Parliament

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The Evolution of Parliament

The Evolution of Parliament

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This volume is the outcome of studies which were turned in the direction of constitutional history partly by my appointment to a chair with that title at University College, London, in 1903, and more specifically by my election in 1908 to a fellowship at All Souls' College, Oxford, on condition of pursuing researches suggested by the late F. W. Maitland. The first sketch of this essay took the form of six public lectures delivered in London in Lent Term 1913, which were expanded into fifteen lectures given on the Goldwin Smith foundation at Cornell University and elsewhere in the United States in the following spring. The manuscript was completed, save for some notes and references, in August 1915, when the increasing tension of the war put a stop to remoter studies.

During these seventeen years the history of the English parliament has attracted the labour of several learned historians, and particular acknowledgement is due to Professor C. H. Mcllwain High Court of Parliament, which, coming into my hands at the end of 1912, confirmed the trend of my investigations and supplied me with fresh ideas and illustrations. Another American book, Professor Baldwin's King's Council in the Middle Ages, published in 1914, threw valuable light on a collateral subject. But the starting-point for all of us has been Maitland's introduction to the Memoranda de Parliamento, which he edited for the Rolls Series in 1893, the most original and suggestive essay . . .

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