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By Ann Lyon

ISBN-10: 1859417469

ISBN-13: 9781859417461

This booklet offers an available one-volume advent to the improvement of the British structure from its earliest beginnings within the 7th century to the current day. It specializes in the political occasions, and social, non secular and philosophical principles that have formed the constitutions improvement.

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Overall, it is in the 8th century that there is evidence for the emergence of an effective overlordship of one ruler over other kings, as distinct from his own sub-kings. However, overlordship was a matter appertaining to the personal stature of a ruler, and was the prerogative of individual rulers rather than of the kings of a particular kingdom, Æthelbald’s overlordship seems not to have survived his murder and the battle for the Mercian kingship which followed, and had to be built anew by Offa (757–96), whose greatest influence lay in Kent and the south-east, rather than in Wessex.

Frithuwold, ruler of Surrey, in his charter to Chertsey Abbey (EHD I No 54, cl 672–74) describes himself as ‘sub-king of Wulfhere, king of the Mercians’, who confirmed the grant. ASC D sa 626. HE IV 12. ASC 684. 1. 3. 1. EHD I No 97. HE V 23. 6 Constitutional History of the UK direct precursor of the parliaments which emerged from the 13th century. However, references to the wiotan are generally shadowy and tangential, and its relationship with the king is unclear. 20 In the 11th and 12th centuries, the king wore his crown three times a year, and these ‘crown-wearings’ may have acted as occasions for gatherings of the king’s counsellors, but the precise relationship between king and counsellors must remain unknown, although it presumably varied according to the personal stature of individual kings.

Government, until comparatively recent times, was centred on the king. Only in the 17th century, following a civil war, the execution of one king, a period of republican rule, a restoration of the monarchy and the deposition of a second king, did legislative power pass finally from the king alone to the King in Parliament, although the philosophy that the king might only legislate through Parliament is identifiable very much earlier. It was later still, and only gradually, that the practice of government passed wholly from the king to his ministers.

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