Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676

Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy
Author: Alan Cromartie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521450430
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 264
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A survey of the life and work of a great English judge during the Commonwealth and the reign of Charles II.

Early Modern Philosophers and the Renaissance Legacy


Author: Cecilia Muratori,Gianni Paganini
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 331932604X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 298
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When does Renaissance philosophy end, and Early Modern philosophy begin? Do Renaissance philosophers have something in common, which distinguishes them from Early Modern philosophers? And ultimately, what defines the modernity of the Early Modern period, and what role did the Renaissance play in shaping it? The answers to these questions are not just chronological. This book challenges traditional constructions of these periods, which partly reflect the prejudice that the Renaissance was a literary and artistic phenomenon, rather than a philosophical phase. The essays in this book investigate how the legacy of Renaissance philosophers persisted in the following centuries through the direct encounters of subsequent generations with Renaissance philosophical texts. This volume treats Early Modern philosophers as joining their predecessors as ‘conversation partners’: the ‘conversations’ in this book feature, among others, Girolamo Cardano and Henry More, Thomas Hobbes and Lorenzo Valla, Bernardino Telesio and Francis Bacon, René Descartes and Tommaso Campanella, Giulio Cesare Vanini and the anonymous Theophrastus redivivus.

Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe


Author: Cesare Cuttica,Glenn Burgess
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131732224X
Category: History
Page: 320
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The 14 essays in this volume look at both the theory and practice of monarchical governments from the Thirty Years War up until the time of the French Revolution. Contributors aim to unravel the constructs of ‘absolutism’ and ‘monarchism’, examining how the power and authority of monarchs was defined through contemporary politics and philosophy.

Witchcraft, Witch-Hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England


Author: Peter Elmer,Senior Research Fellow Peter Elmer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198717725
Category: Witch hunting
Page: 384
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Witchcraft, Witch-hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England offers a wide-ranging and original overview of the subject of witchcraft and its place in English society, covering the period from the beginning of witch trials in the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I through to the repeal of the Witchcraft Statute in 1736. In contrast to other approaches to the subject, which have tended to focus on the origins of witchcraft in gender and/orsocio-economic explanations, this volume situates belief in witchcraft and witch-hunting within the context of the political and religious debates of the period, shedding new light on the subject through a series oforiginal case studies based on extensive archival research.

Discourse on history, law, and governance in the public career of John Selden, 1610-1635


Author: Paul Christianson
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 451
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In early seventeenth-century England, many able magistrates, artists, divines, lawyers, and scholars spoke, wrote, created, and acted to uphold what they conceived of as the proper governance of the commonwealth. They regularly articulated constitutionalist principles of governance in the discourse of the English common law and disputed particular policies in royal courts and parliaments. In an attempt to interpret aspects of political and historical thought in early Stuart England, especially in relationship to English common law discourse, Continental customary and civil law discourse, and a Grotian natural law discourse, this volume concentrates upon the relevant ideas and actions of John Selden. Selden (1584-1654) was a common lawyer, a scholar of the civil law, and an authority on constitutional law. Well-read in ancient and medieval history as well as the history of English law, he was a member of Parliament and an author in both Latin and English. In short, he was a major scholar and an important political figure of his time. Paul Christianson analyses the relevant books and public speeches of Selden from 1610 to 1635 as a means of understanding the genesis of constitutional conflict in seventeenth-century England. He discusses Selden's early histories of English and European institutions showing how Selden's interpretations changed over time in relation to his scholarship, his politics, and his view of the English constitution as a `mixed monarchy.' Christianson also analyses Selden's historical method and demonstrates how Titles of Honor (1631) provided his most mature scholarly portrayal of European constitutions and how Mare Clausum marked his first major move toward a natural law theory of politics.

Blasphemy in Modern Britain

1789 to the Present
Author: David S. Nash
Publisher: Scolar Press
ISBN: 9781859280232
Category: Religion
Page: 300
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This volume deals with the cultural and legal debates which have counterposed the right to free speech and the need to protect Christian sensibilities in Britain from the time of the French Revolution to the present day.

Great Christian Jurists in English History


Author: Mark Hill,R. H. Helmholz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108135986
Category: Law
Page: N.A
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The Great Christian Jurists series comprises a library of national volumes of detailed biographies of leading jurists, judges and practitioners, assessing the impact of their Christian faith on the professional output of the individuals studied. Little has previously been written about the faith of the great judges who framed and developed the English common law over centuries, but this unique volume explores how their beliefs were reflected in their judicial functions. This comparative study, embracing ten centuries of English law, draws some remarkable conclusions as to how Christianity shaped the views of lawyers and judges. Adopting a long historical perspective, this volume also explores the lives of judges whose practice in or conception of law helped to shape the Church, its law or the articulation of its doctrine.

The Constitutionalist Revolution

An Essay on the History of England, 1450–1642
Author: Alan Cromartie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139457519
Category: History
Page: N.A
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An innovative account of English constitutional ideas from the mid-fifteenth century to the time of Charles I, showing how the emergence of grand claims for common law, the country's strange unwritten legal system, shaped England's cultural development. Though he does not neglect the role of narrowly religious disagreements, Cromartie brings out the way that 'religious' and 'secular' values came to be closely intertwined: to the majority of Charles's subjects, the rights of the clergy and the king were legal rights; the institutional structure of Church and state was an expression of monarchical power, obedience to the king and to the law was a religious duty. A proper understanding of this cluster of ideas reveals why Charles found England so difficult to control and why both parties in the civil war believed that they were fighting for established institutions.