The Ideal of Saxon Liberty in France and England


This conference examined the nature and history of the Saxon ideal of liberty and the degree to which it influenced the culture and laws of Britain and other parts of Europe for generations to come.


Conference Readings

Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England, Volume IV. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1770.

Bolingbroke, Henry St John. A Dissertation Upon Parties. London: Printed by H. Haines, at R. Francklin's, 1735.

Bolingbroke, Henry St John. Remarks on the History of England. London: Printed for R. Francklin, 1743.

Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I, Third Edition. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1777.

Hume, David. The History of England, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1983.

Molesworth, Robert. An Account of Denmark: With Francogallia and Some Considerations for the Promoting of Agriculture and Employing the Poor. Edited by Justin Champion. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2011.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Spirit of the Laws. Translated by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, and Harold Samuel Stone. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. Lettres Persanes. Translated by Mr. Flloyd. London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, 1775.

Tacitus, Cornelius, “Germania” In Agricola, Germania, Dialogus, translated by M. Hutton. compiled by Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1970. 129-215 (odd pages only).