The Parliament of 1604–1610: the 1604 Session (Trevelyan II)

Conrad Russell

in King James VI and I and his English Parliaments

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780198205067
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725098 | DOI:
The Parliament of 1604–1610: the 1604 Session (Trevelyan II)

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This chapter is a narrative of the parliamentary session of 1604. It highlights the central themes of Cecil's financial problems and the difficulties of securing adequate taxation; the grievances of purveyance and wardship, and efforts to reform these; the issues raised by the election case of Goodwin v. Fortescue; the issue of the Union with Scotland; and the activities of puritans in the Commons. It also explains the origins and significance of the Commons’ Apology of 1604 and concludes that of all the issues raised in the parliament it was the failure to make progress towards the Union which did most to prompt James to anger against the Commons.

Keywords: Commons’ Apology; Goodwin v. Fortescue; 1604 Parliament; puritan; Church of England; wardship

Chapter.  17151 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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