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Bryn Mawr for a year; back to London to begin postgraduate work. Taught Cheltenham Ladies’ College, 1909–12. Appointed to Royal Holloway 1912–21; Girton College, Cambridge, 1921–48. First Zemurray Radcliffe Professor, Harvard, 1948–54. Writings mostly on medieval England. Papers collected in Liberties and Communities in Medieval England (Cambridge, 1944) and Law-Finders and Law-Makers in Medieval England: Collected Studies in Legal and Constitutional History (1962). Sir ( John) Goronwy Edwards (1891–1976).
Constitutional history is nothing if it does not tell this story in its own language, and it does so, as the first two sentences of the History tell us, by depicting the emergence of the constitution as ‘the resultant of three forces, whose reciprocal influences are constant, subtle, and intricate. ’23 Nation and people introduce themselves through notions of character and a capacity to construct their own arrangements; challenge comes from without, whether or not it is the French, as it usually is, or from unhealthy growths within the society such as royal tyranny, peasant revolt or misguided religion.
First, we should note the place of representative institutions in the account as a whole: The great characteristic of the English constitutional system, in that view of it which is offered in these pages . . 33 28 29 30 31 32 33 Ibid, ch. I I , §19, vol. I , 35. For Frederick Seebohm see his The English Village Community (1883). J. M. Kemble (1807–57) was best known for The Saxons in England (1849), the jurist Sir Henry Maine (1822–88) for his Ancient Law (1861) and his polemical essays on Popular Government (1885).
An Introduction to the Philosophy of History by W. H. Walsh