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The Origins of the English Parliament, 924-1327

J. R. Maddicott


This book describes the evolution of the English parliament from its earliest origins in the late Anglo‐Saxon period. Starting with the national assemblies which began to meet in the reign of King Æthelstan (924–39), it carries the story of those assemblies through to the fully‐fledged parliament of lords and commons which sanctioned the deposition of Edward II in 1327. It argues that parliament developed by a continuous process from the ‘witan’ of the Anglo‐Saxons, but that its development was also shaped and drastically transformed by a series of unforeseen events and episodes, among them th ... More

Keywords: witan, assemblies, parliament, Magna Carta, taxation, representation, election, knights of the shire, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. R. Maddicott, author
Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor in Medieval History, Exeter College, Oxford
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