Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Origins of the English Parliament, 924-1327$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

J. R. Maddicott

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585502.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 November 2019

English Exceptionalism?

English Exceptionalism?

The Peculiarities of the English Parliament. Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.376) 7 English Exceptionalism?
Source:
The Origins of the English Parliament, 924-1327
Author(s):

J. R. Maddicott (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585502.003.0007

This chapter considers the extent to which the English parliament both resembled and, more particularly, differed from the assemblies of continental Europe, notably those of France. It uses continental comparisons to draw out and enlarge on some of the main themes treated in the preceding chapters. It shows that much of parliament's peculiar evolution can be traced back to its Anglo‐Saxon origins and to the peculiarities of English political society, where the nobility's lack of privilege, notably their inability to escape taxation, provided a common platform for their association with other political groups. A second theme of this chapter lies in the extent to which parliament developed as a popular assembly, where policies could be publicly announced and transmitted to the localities and where redress of popular grievances could be sought. In both these respects parliament differed from its continental counterparts, giving some considerable substance to the ancient notion of ‘English exceptionalism’.

Keywords:   France, continental assemblies, privilege, English exceptionalism, political society, taxation, redress of grievances

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .