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The lion and the throne : the life and times of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634)
Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-1973.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1957]
Physical Description:
xiii, 652 pages : portrait, map (on lining papers) ; 22 cm
Sir Edward Coke - Lord Coke, his contemporaries called him - was Queen Elizabeth's Attorney General and Chief Justice under James, first Stuart King of England.... Coke's life covered a long span, a wide arc of time; with him the Middle Ages ended and today began. Coke was English law personified. ... Sir Edward Coke never set foot on American soil. Yet no United States citizen can read his story without a sense of immediate recognition. In these parliamentary struggles, knights, citizens and burgesses fought not for themselves alone but for states as yet unformed: Pennsylvania, Virginia, California. In Westminster courtroom battles over procedure, jurisdiction, "right reason and the common law, " constitutional government found its way to birth. When the time came we changed the face of this English constitution; amid the sound of guns we repudiated what we hated, adapted what we liked. Yet the heritage endured. -- PREFACE
Preface -- PARLIAMENT MAN AND ATTORNEY GENERAL 1552-1606 -- 1593. The scene -- Thursday, February 22, 1593. Queen Elizabeth opens her Eighth Parliament -- The Commons meet in St. Stephen's: Speaker Coke at work -- The Commons at work (continued). The "great bargain, " and privileges of the House -- Education of Edward Coke, Burghwood, Norwich and Cambridge -- 1571-1594. The Inner Temple and the law -- 1593-1594. Francis Bacon fights for the Attorney-Generalship. "The Bacon and the Cook." The Queen's Prosecutor at work -- 1594-1597. The Lopez conspiracy. Father Gerard. The bloody question and the doctrine of equivocation -- 1597-1598. The House in Castle Yard. Star Chamber. Death of Bridget Coke -- 1597-1599. Coke and Lady Hatton -- February, 1601. The Essex Rebellion. Coke prepares for the trial -- Trial of Essex -- Essex confesses. Coke's glory, Bacon's chagrin. The end of a great reign -- A new King comes from Scotland. Coke and Bacon are knighted, Cecil becomes a Baron - and Sir Walter Ralegh is arrested for treason -- Trial of Sir Walter Ralegh (part I and II) -- "All riddle and mystery" -- 1604. King James and the country -- The Gunpowder Plot -- Trial and death of the conspirators, Father Garnett. "Two religions cannot stand together" -- THE JUDGESHIP -- Lord Coke takes his oath as Chief Justice of Commons Pleas. His charge to the Grand Jury at Norwich -- 1607. Common law versus the prerogative. Fuller's Case. The onset of a long campaign -- Parliament steps in. Bonham's Case -- Government by proclamation. Parliament is dissolved. Coke takes the battle to Lambeth -- Deaths of Robert Cecil and Prince Henry. Coke is removed from the Court of Common Pleas -- 1613-1615. Chief Justice of England. The realm. Peacham's Case -- 1615-1616. Coke's fight with Chancery. The Overburg murder -- June, 1616. Case of Commendams. King James in Star Chamber. "Pride, prohibitions, premunire and prerogative." Coke is dismissed from the bench -- THE PARLIAMENT MAN -- 1617. Bacon, Coke and Lady Hatton -- Parliament of 1621. Pater patriae. The impeachment of Bacon -- Parliament of 1621 (continued). Declaration and remonstrance. Coke in the Tower -- The Spanish journey and its result. King Charles I. The Parliament 1625 -- The Five Knights' Case and habeas corpus. Coke's last Parliament (1628). The Petition of Right -- 1628-1632. Coke's reports. His Institutes of the Laws of England. Farewell to Parliament -- Stoke House, the last years. Death of Sir Edward Coke -- Chapter notes -- Acknowledgments -- Sources and method -- Bibliography -- Source references -- Index.
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