Constitutional theory and thought

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The main questions concerning English governance addressed by medieval theorists were: (a) the division of authority between the Church, headed by the Pope, and the king; (b) the extent to which the king was bound by law and custom; (c) whether he was bound to act with the counsel and consent of his magnates; and (d) whether he could legitimately be resisted or even deposed for violating moral, religious, customary or legal constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom
EditorsPeter Cane, H. Kumarasingham
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781009277099, 9781009277778
ISBN (Print)9781108474214, 9781009277754
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • constitutional theory
  • political theory
  • sovereignty
  • kingship
  • Parliament
  • democracy
  • community
  • the People

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