Act of Settlement and the embodiment of consent…

Brian Crowe has a sharp defence of the Act of Settlement (the piece of legislation banning Catholics from ascending the throne of England. Far from being driven by religious fervour, Brian argues the imperative was purely constitutional:

In 1701 a Roman Catholic monarchy meant a monarchy modelled on France or Spain. In other words, it meant ‘absolutism’ rather than the British tradition of constitutionalism, in which Parliament ensured that the monarch governed with the consent of the political nation.