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The parliaments of early modern Europe /
Michael A.R. Graves.
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Harlow, England ; Toronto : Longman, 2001.
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ix, 230 p. : map.
ISBN
058230587X (limp : alk. paper)
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imprint
Harlow, England ; Toronto : Longman, 2001.
isbn
058230587X (limp : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4575773
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Graves is Professor of History, University of Auckland. He is the author of many books on English and European parliaments.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
The period traditionally referred to as "early modern" (1350-1700) witnessed major changes in European society. One area that experienced tremendous change was politics, from the emergence of nation-states to the development of absolutism. A most unique segment of this political change was the rise of representative institutions--parliaments. Graves (Univ. of Auckland) has managed to produce a very excellent general expose regarding the emergence of these political institutions, providing the reader with some excellent basic background information regarding European parliaments. Most valuable are his chapters titled "Origin and Growth of European Parliaments" and "Representation and Membership." Although this background is the major strength of this small volume, Graves may have been too ambitious in trying to cover so many different countries. Nonetheless, this would be an excellent supplement to any European history course covering this period. Recommended for general readers and upper division undergraduates. D. L. Tengwall Anne Arundel Community College
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"offers a vivid, well-grounded and challenging review...students and teachers alike will find it invaluable" English Historical Review "a valuable start for students of parliamentary history" PARERGON
Offers a vivid, well-grounded and challenging review...students and teachers alike will find it invaluable English Historical Review  "a valuable start for students of parliamentary history" PARERGON
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This book is a comprehensive and accessible survey of the emergence and development of parliaments in Europe between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Renaissance, the Reformation and the growth of composite monarchies, which brought together diverse territories under their rule, changed the face of Europe after the fifteenth century. European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to powerful monarchies. By investigating the powers and privileges and responsibilities of these institutions, Graves illuminates the whole business of government - the nature of executive power, the relations of ruler and ruled, the restraints of consent, and the realities of the tension between central authority and local custom. Includes surveys of the parliaments of Scandinavian, Polish, Hungarian and other peripheral States, as well as those of France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands and examines the Scottish, Irish and English assemblies as well. For those interested in European history.
Main Description
A comparative survey of the emergence and development of Parliaments in Catholic Christendom from the thirteenth century, the chief focus of this work is the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries,when Europe was dramatically changed by the Renaissance, the Reformation and the growth of composite monarchies which brought together diverse territories under their rule. European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to powerful monarchies. By investigating the powers and privileges and responsibilities of these institutions, Graves illuminates the whole business of government - the nature of executive power, the relations of ruler and ruled, the restraints of consent, and the realities of the tension between central authority and local custom.
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In the thirteenth century the face of Europe changed with the emergence of parliaments across the continent. The focus of Parliaments in Early Modern Europe is from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, when Europe was transformed by the Renaissance, the Reformation and the growth of monarchies which brought together many territories under their rule. European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to these powerful monarchies. Ranging ambitiously across diverse and contrasting parliaments, the book provides a series of case studies of particular assemblies. It also contains both a chronologically structured history of the European Parliaments and a section on their institutional characteristics. It gives attention to the Scottish and Irish as well as English assemblies and to the parliaments of Scandinavian, Polish, Hungarian and other peripheral states, as well as those of France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. This period of great change, as Europe moved towards fairer representation and democracy, is introduced and explored with flair and clarity. The Parliaments of Early Modern Europe is crucial to any understanding of our modern constitution. Michael Graves is Professor of History, University of Auckland. He is the author of many books on English and European parliaments.
Long Description
A comparative survey of the emergence and development of Parliaments in Catholic Christendom from the thirteenth century, the chief focus of this work is the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries, when Europe was dramatically changed by the Renaissance, the Reformation and the growth of composite monarchies which brought together diverse territories under their rule. European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to powerful monarchies. By investigating the powers and privileges and responsibilities of these institutions, Graves illuminates the whole business of government - the nature of executive power, the relations of ruler and ruled, the restraints of consent, and the realities of the tension between central authority and local custom.
Long Description
A comparative survey of the emergence and development of Parliaments in Catholic Christendom from the thirteenth century, the chief focus of this work is the period between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries,when Europe was dramatically changed by the Renaissance, the  Reformation and the growth of composite monarchies which brought together diverse territories under their rule. European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to powerful monarchies. By investigating the powers and privileges and responsibilities of these institutions, Graves illuminates the whole business of government - the nature of executive power, the relations of ruler and ruled, the restraints of consent, and the realities of the tension between central authority and local custom.
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  In the thirteenth century the face of Europe changed with the emergence of parliaments across the continent. The focus of Parliaments in Early Modern Europe is from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, when Europe was transformed by the Renaissance, the Reformation and the growth of monarchies which brought together many territories under their rule.   European Parliaments experienced a variety of challenges, fortunes and fates: some survived, even flourished, but others succumbed to these powerful monarchies. Ranging ambitiously across diverse and contrasting parliaments, the book provides a series of case studies of particular assemblies. It also contains both a chronologically structured history of the European Parliaments and a section on their institutional characteristics. It gives attention to the Scottish and Irish as well as English assemblies and to the parliaments of Scandinavian, Polish, Hungarian and other peripheral states, as well as those of France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.   This period of great change, as Europe moved towards fairer representation and democracy, is introduced and explored with flair and clarity. The Parliaments of Early Modern  Europe is crucial to any understanding of our modern constitution.   Michael Graves is Professor of History, University of Auckland. He is the author of many books on English and European parliaments.
Bowker Data Service Summary
By investigating the powers and privileges and responsibilities of European parliaments between the 15th and 17th centuries, this book aims to illuminate the whole business of government.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Map: Europe in the early sixteenth centuryp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Parliamentary Story
The Origin and Growth of European Parliaments until the Fifteenth Centuryp. 7
Parliaments in a Time of Change: Europe in the Fifteenth Centuryp. 35
Religious Reformation and Political Change, War and Rebellion: Their Impact on Parliaments in the Sixteenth Century: Ip. 61
Religious Reformation and Political Change, War and Rebellion: Their Impact on Parliaments in the Sixteenth Century: IIp. 84
Mixed Fortunes of Seventeenth-century Parliaments: Eclipse, Survival and Triumphp. 114
The Characteristics of Early Modern Parliaments
Representation and Membershipp. 159
Business and the Manner of its Transactionp. 192
Reflections on Counsel and Consentp. 217
Indexp. 223
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