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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Bill of Rights (1689)

United Kingdom [gb]

Rainer Grote

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Bill of Rights (1689) — Equality regardless of country of origin — Equality regardless of nationality — Status

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. The Bill of Rights of 1689 is widely regarded as the epitome of the ‘Glorious Revolution’ (Schwoerer 267) which constituted a decisive stage in the constitutional struggles concerning the respective roles and powers of the monarch and of Parliament in seventeenth century England. These struggles were driven by competing views on the nature and the locus of legitimate governmental authority, with royalists defending the concept of divine right of kings, which claimed that God had conferred governmental powers directly on the king alone; while parliamentarians...
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