For centuries the petition of right became a pivotal device in the fight for freedom in England as Parliament gradually wrested power from the monarchy.
Another version of the petition of right, Magna Carta has some sixty paragraphs of demands under the common law.
Coke composed a document in the usual form that was formally entitled the Petition of Right.
These five charters--the Charter of Liberties, Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the Bill of Rights, and the Act of Habeas Corpus--are considered to be the unwritten constitution of British law.
The second chapter, which deals with Selden's parliamentary career, gives us an opportunity to see how Selden actually applied his constitutional views to the hotly contested issues of the 1620s, especially the impeachment of the duke of Buckingham, the Five Knights' case, and the Petition of Right