The history of the prerogative of the sovereign, the lex prerogativa, in Anglo American jurisprudence is long and complicated. It has exercised the minds of jurists and political philosophers for many centuries, and there has not been universal agreement as to its nature and scope. The purpose of this essay, as prompted by the two quotations just given, is to describe the prerogative law and trace its development from medieval England to modem Virginia.
W.H. Bryson, The Prerogative of the Sovereign in Virginia: Royal Law in a Republic, 73 Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis 371 (2005).