How would you define democracy?

In 1815, Britain was a constitutional monarchy. Yet, it was far from democratic:

  • Less than five percent of the people had the right to vote.
  • Wealthy nobles and squires dominated politics.
  • The House of Lords could veto any bill passed by the House of Commons.
  • Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants could not vote or serve in Parliament.
  • Populous new cities had no seats in Parliament, while rural towns with few or no voters still sent members to Parliament.