© 1995

The Right to be King

The Succession to the Crown of England, 1603–1714


Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Howard Nenner
    Pages 13-25
  3. Howard Nenner
    Pages 26-54
  4. Howard Nenner
    Pages 95-119
  5. Howard Nenner
    Pages 120-146
  6. Howard Nenner
    Pages 184-218
  7. Howard Nenner
    Pages 219-249
  8. Howard Nenner
    Pages 250-258
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 259-343

About this book


This book examines the theory and practice of the English monarchical succession from the end of Elizabeth's reign to the accession of George I. Tracing the transition from an uncertain rule to a crown in the disposal of parliament, Nenner focuses on the major routes to the throne over the long seventeenth century: hereditary right, conquest, and election. It is a study of the competing principles of parliamentary sovereignty and fundamental law, and the ways in which tension between dynastic expectations and national needs were addressed and resolved.


England history monarchy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Smith CollegeNorthamptonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Right to be King
  • Book Subtitle The Succession to the Crown of England, 1603–1714
  • Authors Howard Nenner
  • Series Title Studies in Modern History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-57724-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-12954-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-12952-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 343
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Early Modern Europe
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