English Civilians and the Concept of Absolute Power
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English Civilians and the Concept of Absolute Power
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S207987840001413-3-1
DOI
10.18254/S0001413-3-1
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Article
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Abstract
The article deals with the concepts of absolute power developed by the English civil lawyers in the late Tudor and early Stuart epoch. «Absolutist» ideas of English civilians until recently have been a historiographical cliché to be revised. The article analyses the concepts of absolute power in the legacy of two eminent civilians — Thomas Smith and Alberico Gentili. For them, absolute power primarily is a jurisdictional term and has patriarchal, patrimonial and feudal character. According to Gentili and Smith, «absolute» depicts a final jurisdictional position that has no further appeal. For Gentili, absolute monarch is above the law because he has final appellate instance for all administrative and legal institutions in his country, both lay and spiritual.
Keywords
civil lawyers, Alberico Gentili, Thomas Smith, absolute power, absolutism, Early Modern England
29.01.2016
Publication date
14.05.2016
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