The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 239
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Book Review and Notices.
BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
The American Historical Review for January is an unusually
interesting number. The opening article is from the pen of Pro-
fessor George B. Adams and is entitled The Origin of the English
Constitution. Professor Adams seeks to answer the question, Why
England came out of the Middle Ages a limited monarchy. By
this phrase he means the notion of a body of law above the king
which he may be conmpelled to obey. In his opinion the body of
Magna Carta and clause 61 is the first inclination of the Consti-
tution towards a limited monarchy. In the fourteenth century
Parliament,-whose development had been going on apart from
the experiment in methods of coercing the king-become the em-
bodiment of this fundamental principle of the Constitution.
Louise R. Loomis writes upon The Greek Renaissance in Italy,
and attempts to show that "the part played by Greek literature in
fifteenth century Italy was less triumphant than it is ordinarily
supposed to have been." Facts are mentioned to show that the
enthusiasm, in so far as it was influential and genuine, was for
Roman antiquity rather than for Hellenic. Even in philosophy
the influence, from antiquity which helped to shape the thought
of the fifteenth century were derived more directly from the Em-
pire than from Hellas.
Professor A. B. Hart contributes an article on John Knox as a
Man of the World in his usual direct style. He discusses John
Knox from several standpoints, emphasizing his pride as a man,
his vehemence as a writer, his violence as a preacher, his intem-
perate zeal as a reformer, and his practical failure as a constructive
statesman,-all in all, a vivid glimpse of Scotland's great reformer.
In The First Hayburn Case, the writer, Professor Max Farrand,
adduces evidence to show that on April 11, 1792, James Wilson,
John Blair, and Richard Peter declared the Invalid Pension Act
of 1792 unconstitutional, though there is no official record of the
case. This is therefore the first instance of the Supreme Court
asserting its right to declare an act of Congres invalid because con-
trary to the Federal Constitution.
The American Acta Sanctorum is the annual address of the
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