The Petition of Right. British Historical Documents: Petition of Right, 1628. Petition of Right, 1628 An important document setting out the rights and liberties of the subject as opposed to the prerogatives of the crown (ie.
Charles I). This action favouring the common man was championed by Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), a prominent parliamentary adversary of the crown. His sparkling resume included public service as Speaker of the House of Commons, Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and Chief Justice of the King's Bench. The Petition exhibited to his Majesty by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, concerning divers Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, with the King's Majesty's royal answer thereunto in full Parliament.
To the King's Most Excellent Majesty, British Constitution Group. The Petition of Right at the beginning of the 17th century, and the Declaration of Right and Bill of Rights at the end, embody a century long fight to constrain the power of Government.
British Constitution Group. Petition of Right.