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FORTESCUE, SIR JOHN
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ABSOLUTE AND LIMITED MONARCHY; AS IT MORE PARTICULARLY REGARDS THE ENGLISH CONSTITUTION
London: W. Bowyer, 1719. Second Edition, with Amendments; and a Compleat Index. 233 x 144 mm. (9 1/8 x 5 1/2"). 8 p.l., lxxxii, [4], 148 pp., [7] leaves. With remarks by Sir John Fortescue-Aland. Contemporary panelled calf, expertly rebacked, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with fleuron centerpieces and curling cornerpieces, red morocco label. Two engraved headpieces, historiated initials. ESTC T140178. Extremities a little rubbed, but the skillfully restored binding solid and pleasing. First and last leaves a little foxed and browned, but a fine copy internally, clean and fresh with only trivial imperfections. Written ca. 1471 but first printed in 1714, this is one of the earliest treatises on English constitutional law. Sir John Fortescue (ca. 1397-1479) was a chief justice of the king's bench under Henry VI, and a strong supporter of the Lancastrian line in the War of the Roses, writing persuasive propaganda arguing that the York claimants were disqualified by their descent through the female line. After the York contingent prevailed, Edward IV spared Fortescue's life in exchange for his writing a refutation of his Lancastrian arguments. As DNB observes, "Edward's assessment of the relative value of Fortescue's pen as against his neck is a clear measure of his importance as a writer. With the possible exception of Sir Thomas More, Fortescue is the English common lawyer who . . . had most to say of importance to a reading public outside his own profession." The present work characterizes England's system of government as a combination of regal and politica … [Click Below for Full Description]
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