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Prerogative (from the Latin praerogatio, “special right”) in England denotes the rights of the crown inherent to the sovereign authority of the monarch, and capable in principle of being exercised without the participation of Parliament and, at least in critical situations, without reference to the normal regulations of common law. Sir Matthew Hale, a leading jurist of the 17th century, defined the royal prerogative (praerogativa regis) as “rights of supreme dominion” (iura summi imperii), that is, as the true sovereign rights of the crown (Sovereignty[3]; [6. 46]. Sir T…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Prerogative”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025799>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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