Description - The Prince and the Law, 1200-1600 by Professor Kenneth Pennington
The power of the prince versus the rights of his subjects is one of the basic struggles in the history of law and government. In this history of monarchy, conceptions of law and due process, Kenneth Pennington addresses that struggle and opens an entirely new vista in the study of Western legal tradition. Pennington investigates legal interpretations of the monarch's power from the 12th to the 17th century. Then, tracing the evolution of defendants' rights, he demonstrates that the origins of due process are not rooted in English common law as is generally assumed. It was not a sturdy Anglo-Saxon, but, most probably, a French jurist of the late 13th century who wrote: "A man is innocent until proven guilty".
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Author Biography - Professor Kenneth Pennington
Kenneth Pennington is Professor of History and Law at Syracuse University. Among his previous books is Popes and Bishops: The Papal Monarchy in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (1984).