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The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 G. R. Elton

The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 By G. R. Elton

The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 by G. R. Elton


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This is a comprehensive account of the parliament of early modern England, written by the leading authority on sixteenth-century English, constitutional and political history. Professor Elton explains how parliament dealt with bills and acts, discusses the many various matters that came to notice there, and investigates its role in political matters.

The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 Summary

The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 by G. R. Elton

This is a comprehensive account of the parliament of early modern England at work, written by the leading authority on sixteenth-century English, constitutional and political history. Professor Elton explains how parliament dealt with bills and acts, discusses the many various matters that came to notice there, and investigates its role in political matters. In the process he proves that the prevailing doctrine, developed by the work of Sir John Neale, is wrong, that parliament did not acquire a major role in politics; that the notion of a consistent, body of puritan agitators in opposition to the government is mere fiction and, although the Commons processed more bills than the House of Lords, the Lords occupied the more important and influential role. Parliament's fundamental function in the government of the realm lay rather in the granting of taxes and the making of laws. The latter were promoted by a great variety of interests - the Crown, the Privy Council, the bishops, and particularly by innumerable private initiators. A very large number of bills failed, most commonly for lack of time but also because agreement between the three partners (Queen, Lords and Commons) could not be reached.

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Part I. Preliminaries: 1. The source; 2. Parliament in the sixteenth century; Part II. The Structure of Business: 3. Public and private; 4. Initiatives; 5. Bill procedure; 6. Repeal and continuance; Part III. Bills and Acts: 7. Supply; 8. Queen and state; 9. Church and religion; 10. The common weal; 11. Law reform; 12. Private legislation; Part IV. Politics: 13. Duties and rights; 14. Great affairs; Index of bills; Index of acts; Genral index.

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GOR002796819
9780521389884
0521389887
The Parliament of England, 1559-1581 by G. R. Elton
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1989-08-25
412
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