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:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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Part II examines parliament from the subjects' perspective. Chapter 4 addresses representation in parliament by studying the composition and membership of the two houses. It discusses the Lords first, and using the nature of the parliamentary peerage, the issuing of writs of summons, the attendance record of individual lords, and the presence of law officers. Turning to the Commons, it discusses the conduct of elections in constituencies examining.the extent of the parliamentary franchise, the nature of contested elections, and the character of external interventions. Then the members of parliament are discussed. The careers of the men sitting in the Commons, their various reasons for serving, and their relationships with those whom they were representing are explored. MPs' activities at parliament are also touched on. In conclusion, the chapter considers the representativeness of the institution.

Keywords: Lords; peerage; writs of summons; law officers; Commons; elections; constituencies; franchise; members of parliament; representativeness

Chapter.  17847 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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