Sir Edward Coke
Historical Period: The Early Modern Period
Sir Edward Coke (pronounced cook) (1552-1634) was a lawyer, Member of Parliament, and judge of great renown. He is considered one of the premier champions of the common law, which he defended against the attempted encroachments of the courts of equity and the royal prerogative of the Stuarts—James I (r. 1603-1625) in particular.
Quotes from Sir Edward Coke:
- Sir Edward Coke on your house is your “Castle and Fortress”
- Sir Edward Coke explains a key section of Magna Carta on English liberties
- Sir Edward Coke defends British Liberties and the Idea of Habeas Corpus in the Petition of Right before Parliament
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