By John Millar
This paintings comprises 3 components, curious about the main sizeable revolutions in English executive and manners: from the Saxon payment to the Norman Conquest, from the Norman Conquest to the accession of James I, and from James I to the wonderful Revolution. via those 3 levels, Millar lines the improvement of the 'great outlines of the English structure' - the historical past of associations of English liberty from Saxon antiquity to the revolution cost of 1689.
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HISTORICAL VIEW OF ENGLISH GOVERNMENT, AN by John Millar