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Citizenship in BritainA History$
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Derek Heater

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622252

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622252.001.0001

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Early constitutional and humanist themes

Early constitutional and humanist themes

(p.4) Chapter 1 Early constitutional and humanist themes
Citizenship in Britain

Derek Heater

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins with discussion of the history of citizenship and its equivalents, and medieval and Renaissance writings on citizenship. It then considers the two main issues that rose to the surface pertinent to the matter of political citizenship, which contributed to that collapse into civil war. The two main issues were: the insistence that membership of and commitment to the Anglican Church was the essential badge of national citizenship, and the mounting claims of Parliament, especially the Commons, as the elected House, to have a rightful and powerful say in government.

Keywords:   citizenship, Britain, medieval writings, Renaissance writings, religion, civil war, Anglican Church, Parliament

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