18 of 38 people found the following review helpful
First things first. As basic histories of the institution of the British parliament go, this is a reasonable effort. It gives sufficient factual detail, and puts the events of the early period of what was then the English parliament (British came later) in context reasonably well.
You may well find yourself rather coloured against the book, or more accurately, the author, but a shockingly self hating first section.
Ostensibly the first section is a reasonable attempt to debunk the whiggish assumption that Parliament represents something `unique` is the British character and the British development from monarchist absolutism, to restricted power and… Read more