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Parliament in Context, 1235–1707$
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Keith Brown and Alan MacDonald

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614868

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614868.001.0001

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Political Ideas and Parliament

Political Ideas and Parliament

(p.216) Chapter 8 Political Ideas and Parliament
Parliament in Context, 1235–1707

James H. Burns

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the main strands of thought that influenced parliament and people's ideas of parliament. It argues that, while parliament did not hold a prominent position in the expression of political thought during the medieval period, it was none the less a key forum in which political theories were practically articulated, both overtly and implicitly. From the middle of the sixteenth century onwards, however, it gained considerable prominence in political writings through its role in revolutions.

Keywords:   political theory, Scottish parliament, political thought, medieval period

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