The undergraduate student of English Government may easily compile a list of many more worthwhile works than he will normally be able to consult. Such works may be conveniently placed in one of three categories.
The student who undertakes to put first things first will consult as many primary sources of knowledge as possible concerning English Government. In general, such sources take the form of documentary material. There is a great wealth of it. Such collections of this kind of material as are easily accessible have usually been prepared for students of history. In this connection, so far as American works are concerned, reference may be made to
Adams G. B., and Stephens H. M., Select Documents of English Constitutional History ( New York, 1920); and
Violette E. M., English Constitutional Documents Since 1832 ( New York, 1936).
Well known collections of the same sort in England include Gardiner S. R., Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution ( Oxford, 1899)
Lodge E. C., and Thornton G. A., English Constitutional Documents ( Cambridge, 1935)
Prother G. W., Select Statutes and Constitutional Documents Illustrative of the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I ( Oxford, 1898)
Robertson C. G., Select Statutes, Cases, and Documents ( London, 1927)
Stubbs W., Select Charters and Other Illustrations of English Constitutional History ( 9th ed., Oxford, 1913).