Elements of Change and Continuity in the English Bill of Rights In December of 1689, the English Parliament passed what is now referred to as the English Bill of Rights. It forms one of the primary elements of the United Kingdom’s constitution, and remains in effect to this day. The enactment of this bill was instrumental in the formation of England’s constitutional monarchy, and harkened the coming of a brand new era in English history. This document, and the lasting impact that it has had, can be examined to identify elements of change and continuity in English and European history. There are many elements present in the English Bill of Rights which reflect a continuation of the past. To better understand these elements of continuation,...The end:
.....f rights put into law a specific clause that James II’s fleeing from the country represented an abdication of the throne. By enacting a law which legally made James II’s fleeing of the country an official act of abdication, it helped legitimize the new monarchy of William and Mary. While this bill of rights was a great moment in the advancement of guaranteed civil rights in England, it was still tinged with political motivations. The English Bill of Rights was one of the most important documents drafted in the history of England. It has elements which both continuity and change for the moment in which it was created, that being the early modern period. This paper represents only a few of these elements present in the English Bill of Rights.