A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain
H. T. Dickinson
John Wiley & Sons, 2008 M04 15 - 592 pages
This authoritative Companion introduces readers to the developments that lead to Britain becoming a great world power, the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe.
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... court ofjustice in the land. The members of the House of Commons were the representatives of the people and, as such, defended the liberties of the subject, put forward the grievances of the people and initiated all taxes (and so ...
... courts; no torture could be used to secure a confession; and no accused person could be convicted of a serious offence except after a trial by jury. Equal justice for all was not seen as the full extent of every subject's claim to civil ...
... court in order to secure royal favour. Court posts conferred honour, distinction, influence and material rewards, but it was the monarch's right to appoint to the leading positions in the government that made it vital for politicians to ...
... Court and Treasury party, though the loyalty of its members could never be absolutely guaranteed when the government faced a severe crisis. Aristocratic influence over MPs was also substantial. Many of these peers were supporters of the ...
... courts steadily lost authority over the morals of the laity in the early eighteenth century. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 also meant the end of the powers of religious censorship previously exercised by the church ...
Part II The Economy and Society
Part III Religion
Part IV Culture
Part V Union and Disunion in the British Isles
Part VI Britain and the Wider World