Bill of Rights. London. 1689
WEB PRESENCE: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_Rights_1689
SEE ALSO: http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/CreatingtheUS/interactives/bill_of_rights/HTML/trialbyjury/enlarge1-transcribe.html
NOTE: Compare this right to the U.S. Constitution’s 8th Amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
NOTE: The English Bill of Rights is considered to be the cornerstone of the English Constitution. With the creation of the 1688/1689 English Bill of Rights we see many ideals that had been in the early stages of development come to fruition. Concepts that take written form in the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment (freedom of religion, speech, and petition), the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms, the 5th Amendment’s due process clause, and the 7th Amendment’s trail by jury clause begin to truly materialize. It continues the concepts of limited government, equal representation, and equality before the law. It is a beautiful document.