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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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Britain’s Traditional Constitution

Britain’s Traditional Constitution

(p.39) 3 Britain’s Traditional Constitution
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Britain’s traditional constitution. Caius Martius, the protagonist of Coriolanus, refused to agree to the Roman plebeians’ increasingly vociferous political demands. There were two points pointed out by Martius, first is that Rome is to continue to have a single governing body and that the existing rulers of Rome are to continue to rule; and second is that the common people of Rome, while not seeking to become the government, are to be allowed nevertheless to bring their influence to bear directly upon the government.

Keywords:   traditional Constitution, Great Britain, Caius Martius, protagonist, Coriolanus, political demands

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