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Bachelor of Arts




The role of Parliament in England's history has been one of interest to historians for centuries. The background and origin of a rule based on the people's consent has been attributed to many people in England's past. I hope to show that one of the first men who developed this theory of government which was later taken up by Locke and other philosophers was Henry Parker. The people choosing their types of government and laws was a new idea that few had voiced. Parker writing in the 1640's saw the tendency of government evolving to Parliamentary sovereignty, not monarchy.

I am indebted to Houghton Library at Harvard University for their assistance in obtaining Parker's pamphlets from which the bulk of my research was taken. In the paper I retain the seventeenth century spelling in order to capture some of the flavor and spirit of the age in which Parker audaciously penned his theories.