Tag: Political Thought


Pristina libertas: liberty and the Anglo-Saxons revisited

Liberty and the Anglo-Saxons once co-existed in happy equilibrium. As long as later Englishmen pictured the England of the Anglo-Saxons as the fount of the ancient constitution or cradle of the English nation they projected on to this apparently formative period their aspirations, liberty among them; from at least the seventeenth century to the twentieth historians, politicians and polemicists sought and found liberty in the pre-Conquest past