Writing the Victorian Constitution

  • Ian Ward

Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Ian Ward
    Pages 25-62
  3. Ian Ward
    Pages 63-98
  4. Ian Ward
    Pages 99-146
  5. Ian Ward
    Pages 147-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-218

About this book


This book charts the writing of the English constitution through the work of four of the most influential jurists in the history of English constitutional thought—Edmund Burke, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Walter Bagehot and Albert Venn Dicey. Stretching from the French Revolution to the death of Queen Victoria, their writing is both representative of and formative to the Victorian constitution. Ian Ward traces how constitutional writing changed over the course of the long nineteenth century, from the poetics of Burke and the romance of Macaulay, to the pragmatism of Bagehot and the jurisprudence of Dicey. A century on, our perception of the English constitution is still shaped by this contested history.


Victorian Era Constitutional History historical writing Edmund Burke Walter Bagehot Albert Venn Dicey Whig history Law of the Constitution English constitutional history Victorian England English political history Thomas Macaulay English constitutional thought

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96675-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96676-2
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