English document addressed to Charles I in 1628, concerning "Rights and Liberties of the Subjects"


Petition of Right - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Petition of Right is a document produced by the English (pre-British) Parliament in the run-up to the English Civil War. It was addressed to Charles I of England in 1628 in an attempt to seek redress on the following points: forced loans, arbitrary arrest, imprisonment contrary to the Magna Carta, arbitrary interference with property rights, lack of enforcement of habeas corpus, forced billetting of troops, imposition of martial law, exemption of officials from due process ..."
Petition of Right - Wikisource, 1628
Complete text online


An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke, by Jim Powell, The Triumph of Liberty, 4 Jul 2000
Lengthy biographical essay
"The king continued to make demands, and on May 8th Coke proposed that Parliament adopt a Petition of Right on '1. The personal liberty of the subject. 2. His propriety in his goods. 3. Unbilletting of soldiers. And 4. Silencing of martial law in time of peace.' Charles insisted on his prerogatives, but Coke remained defiant. On June 8th, Charles met both Houses of Parliament at 4:00 in the afternoon. He capitulated and accepted the Petition of Right as law. ... Charles disregarded the Petition of Right and refused to call another Parliament for 11 years. But Coke's principles inspired John Lilburne and other English freedom fighters."