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Legitimation

P. R. Cavill

in The English Parliaments of Henry VII 1485-1504

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573837
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573837.003.0002

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Legitimation

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Part I is concerned with the king and his regime. Chapter 1 examines parliament as a political event, summoned by the crown to communicate royal policies and to foster loyalty to the regime. It discusses parliament first as a venue for the public performance of government: ceremonies that took place during sessions are analysed; the king's duty of consultation is explored. Next it discusses parliament's role in addressing the problem of royal insecurity. Particular attention is paid to the legitimation of the royal title and to the consolidation of the succession. The punishment of disloyalty through acts of attainder is then discussed. The reaction in parliament to acts of attainder is considered, as is the reversal of such acts in subsequent sessions.

Keywords: political event; loyalty; ceremonies; consultation; royal title; succession; acts of attainder

Chapter.  10804 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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