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The Addled Parliament

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205067.003.0006
The Addled Parliament

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This chapter provides a detailed narrative of this short‐lived parliament beset by problems form the outset. It explores the conciliar discussions preceding the parliament and the fear of undertakers which set it off on the wrong foot; then looks at the attempts by the Crown to trade bills for supply. It concludes that impositions were again the main stumbling block to settlement, and investigates the role of Bishop Neile's speech against giving the Commons a hearing on this issue which sabotaged the final stages of the session. It concludes by analysing the consequences of the Crown introducing a new weapon in its dealings with parliament: the threat of dissolution.

Keywords: Addled Parliament; 1614 Parliament; impositions; Bishop Neile; undertakers; dissolution of parliament

Chapter.  16223 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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