Selden, John (1584–1654)

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SELDEN, JOHN (1584–1654)

A jurist, antiquary, and occasional member of Parliament, John Selden wrote extensively on the history of English law. With Sir edward coke he championed individual liberties and helped frame the petition of right. He contended that Parliament's rights were secured by common law and not enjoyed at the Crown's discretion.

David Gordon
(1986)