The English Bill of Rights limited the power of English leaders and was written by parliament. The English Bill of Rights is the English version of the Constitution.Continue Reading
The English Bill of Rights established that Englishmen had inalienable civil and political rights that must be upheld. However, religious liberty was limited for anyone who was not a protestant. Catholics were banned from the throne under the Bill of Rights. Kings and Queens had to swear under oath to uphold Protestantism as the official religion of England. Monarchs could not build their own courts or act as judges unless they received the consent of parliament themselves.
The English Bill of Rights also stopped the monarchs from preventing Protestants from bearing arms, created a standard army and stopped them from imposing fines or punishments without trial. Monarchs could not impose cruel an unusual punishments on the citizens or give them excessive bail. Within the English Bill of Rights, free speech was also protected. These provisions were then adopted into the Constitution and can be seen in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth amendment. Parliament passed the English Bill of Rights on December 16, 1689. It's accompanied by the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right and the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.Learn more about Modern Europe
The English Bill of Rights of 1689 inspired the American Bill of Rights. One of the bill's authors, James Madison, also drew inspiration from the Virginia Declaration of Rights, ratified before the Constitution of Virginia in 1776.Full Answer >
The Magna Carta was the first written document presented to King John of England by his subjects intended to restrict his power and protect their rights. Historians consider it a major milestone in the history of constitutional law.Full Answer >
The Bill of Rights is one of the cornerstones of American freedoms, and it is in place to protect the rights of the citizens. The Bill of Rights was put in place in order to ensure that people are guaranteed a number of personal freedoms, and that the government does not become so powerful as to present a threat to the population.Full Answer >
The Antifederalists wanted a Bill of Rights to prevent the federal government from becoming too powerful, eventually robbing the citizens of their individual rights and making them no better off than they had been under England's rule. The Antifederalists feared a large federal government that had the potential of becoming tyrannical.Full Answer >