Doddridge, John. The Sundry Opinions of Several Learned Antiquaries. London: Printed for William Leake, 1658.
This volume is a compilation of writings by members of the Society of Antiquaries, a group interested in the study of historical documents to understand laws, customs, and institutions of the past, in which they debate the date and powers of the first English parliament. Doddridge asserts that it was assembled by Edward the Confessor (1042-1066), and that one of the primary duties of that body was to advise the King in matters of war. On display is an outline the formal process by which Doddridge believed matters of war were considered. His claim that the body was the first parliament is no longer accepted, but the essay demonstrates that only the King held the power to raise an army and wage war in Anglo-Saxon England, while other officials served as advisors.
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War Law Philosophy and Perceptions