We discuss what a Constitution is; and then go in search of one and the development of justice in English Medieval history, from the Anglo Saxons to Edward II and his uncomfortable experience at Berkeley Castle, by way of Staines
A couple of video links for you.
Firstly, here’s a link to the BBC for the Black Power British Resistance programme – it was very good.
Also, I came across a bunch of short GCSE level videos on Common Law moments, I think by Harry Potter, called The Strange Case of the Law. They are good if you are interested.
Reading List for the series
None of the books below were harmed in the making of this programme, but they were all jolly useful
Baker, J H ‘An Introduction to English Legal; History’ : Really pretty detailed coverage for a non lawyer; good to check the odd fact or two.
Colley, Linda ‘The Gun, the Ship and the Pen’ : fascinating book, covering constitutional development across the globe, pointing out the impact of war
Loughlin, M ‘The British Constitution: A Very Short Introduction’ : Brilliant bok, and delightfully short, of the theoretical background
Lyon, A ‘Constitutional History of the United Kingdom’: the knitting – packed with political detail
Oliver,D ed ‘How Constitutions Change’: quite hard work, mor ea monograph than anything; but again fascinating international detail
Jones, C ‘A short History of Parliament’: really a detailed look at the mechanics and operation of parliament more than a general constitutional history
Potter, H ‘Law, Liberty and the Constitution’ : A very enjoyable,. readable book. About common law really rather than Constitution.