chapter  9
THE 15TH CENTURY
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The 15th century is not a time of innovation in constitutional matters, but rather one of consolidation of previous practice, particularly the manipulation of parliaments by usurping monarchs in order to legitimate their positions. This manipulation reflected the importance of parliament in constitutional thinking, the idea that the king was subject to the law and that, in Bracton’s words, it was the law that made him king.