The Parliament of 1604–1610: the 1610 Sessions and Money (Trevelyan III)

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 1610 Sessions and Money (Trevelyan III)

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This chapter is mainly about the efforts of Robert Cecil, as Lord Treasurer, to secure the Great Contract in 1610. It analyses the background of mushrooming royal debt and the introduction of impositions, and then focuses on concessions over wardship which the king was reluctant to agree to because they threatened his regal powers. Cecil's efforts eventually foundered on the Commons’ determination to see impositions abolished, which left both the king and Lord Treasurer contemplating ‘new counsels’: alternatives to parliamentary supply.

Keywords: Robert Cecil; Lord Treasurer; Great Contract; wardship; impositions; 1610 Parliament

Chapter.  11979 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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