CAUGHT BETWEEN POLITICAL THEORY AND POLITICAL PRACTICE: 'THE RECORD AND PROCESS OF THE DEPOSITION OF RICHARD II'
Although generally not thought to be a work of political theory, 'The Record and Process of the Deposition of Richard II' was grounded in both practice and theory. A recitation of the political sins of Richard II, it also became a theoretical statement of what medieval Englishmen expected good kingship to be. It was grounded in the common law tradition as well as in the work of various fourteenth-century theorists. 'The Record and Process' enunciated specific rights that its authors expected a king to observe as well as indicating that English kings were considered to be below both natural and positive law.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-01-01