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The Royal Law: Source of Our Freedom Today [Hardcover]

L.L. Blake
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8 Nov 2000
The title of this book is taken from words addressed to the King or Queen during his or her coronation service which, the author points out, plays a much more important part in the life of our nation than is generally recognised. It is not just an empty ceremony but the occasion when Divine Law is acknowledged as the source of all our law. The service reminds not only the monarch, but all those assembled in Westminster Abbey and watching worldwide on television of a basic tenet of the British constitution, expressed by the 13th-century lawyer Bracton, that the King or Queen "must be under no man but under God and the law, for the law makes the king". This principle has frequently been compared, down the ages, with the Justinian precept, "what pleases the prince has the force of law", which lies behind continental, Roman law. The civil freedom we enjoy in Britain today stems from Bracton's statement which regulates all our public servants, from prime minister to police officer. The book also shows that there is government behind government, with a greater purpose and permanence than the changing spectrum of party political strife. This government consists of institutions, mostly of medieval origin: the monarchy, parliament, common law, jury system, church, universities and armed forces. The powers working through these institutions are made available to the government of the day, and may be retracted if and when they are abused. Large parts of the coronation service of Queen Elizabeth II are quoted in an appendix at the end of the book, and in another appendix an Anglo-Saxon document entitled "Institutes of Polity, Civil and Ecclesiastical".

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd (8 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856831913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856831911
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Occasionally one comes across upon a book that one would like many other people read . . . such a book is "The Royal Law"." --"The Catholic Herald"

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L.L. Blake is a barrister, writer and lecturer on legal and constitutional affairs. His previous books include: Young People's Book of the Constitution, Young People's Book of Law, The Prince and the Professor and Sovereignty: Power beyond Politics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars can be used in court 25 Oct 2013
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even though it is a short book, there are elements that can be used to defend yourself in court.

i thoroughly recommend it if only as a thought provoking exercise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must! 18 Sep 2013
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The strapline says it all, "Source of our freedom today". If you want to know how the law is meant to work in this country this book will tell you. Short, authoritative and accurate, you will be thankful you bought this book and you will also know so much more about the foundations upon which English law is built.
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Good book, but the Queen is no longer working for the people. There is no justice in the high courts against corruption that occurs daily, I myself have tried. I see no need for the Queen. Sure, she brings in loads of money in tourism etc, but who cares about that. I don't care about how rich the UK or Great Britain is, I care about people and whether they have to strength to continue living, or give into the darkness through suicide. The UK at the moment is horrendous. I wish people would just open up their eyes to see how corrupt mankind has become, all in the name of money and power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Queen should be doing 18 Oct 2013
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This book is about the sovereignty of not only the monarchy but of the people. It states what the Queen should be doing to end the corruption of Government and isn't
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Law: Source of Our Freedom Today 8 April 2014
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Very Informative, just what I needed to remind corrupt officials of the Queens Oath and what it stands for A+
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