A State of Mind?: The English Constitution and the Popular Imagination

Sutton, 2000 - 250 pages
Where do power and authority come from and how do those who have it keep it? What would be the impact of dissolution on the United Kingdom? These are the key questions in this study of English constitutional history, starting with the Tudor period and following the issues up to modern times. Tracing a path from the Tudor constitutional ideal of the king in Parliament to the emergence of civil rights ideas, the re-invention of an imperial Britain (Victoria as Gloriana) and current debates around self-determination, Ward considers how the constitution has been imagined in literature, as well as in historical narrative. In doing so, he makes it clear that Parliament and monarchy are themselves imagined and re-imagined over time, not as glosses on history, but as the center of a narrative of the constitution. He argues that ultimately, all constitutions depend for their acceptance on their ability to reach the imagination, rather than on the power of a legal code.

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The Kings Great Matter
The Settlement of the Fairy Queen
Casting Down Imaginations
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