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Speculum 55 (3):423-443 (1980)
In his opening lecture to the Anglo-American Conference of Historians in July 1977, Professor Bernard Crick dismissed the Middle Ages from a place in the history of political liberty. Yet the word “liberty” is everywhere in medieval charters and legal records, and the argument of this paper is that in the great majority of cases it does refer to an essentially political freedom. Of course, there was no conception yet of the right to vote or to express political opinions, which are central to political liberty in modern circumstances. The liberty which was understood and cherished was rather the necessary precondition of these contemporary freedoms: the power to act in the affairs of the community and to exert influence on one's fellows, free from the interference of the sovereign government. jQuery.click { event.preventDefault(); })
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