The Wider Realm

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

The Wider Realm

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Chapter 6 considers how decisions taken in parliament affected everyday life. It first discusses the publicizing of statute law examining the roles of proclamations and of statute books, and the rise of printing is addressed. Next it discusses the interaction between national legislation and local regulations, exploring the reception of statute law in local courts through jury presentments and borough ordinances. Then tax collection is discussed as a central means by which parliament impinged upon the lives of ordinary people. The efficiency of tax collection is considered. The popular protests that demands for taxation sometimes provoked are also analysed. Particular attention is paid to the Yorkshire rising of 1489 and to the Western rebellion of 1497.

Keywords: proclamations; statute books; printing; local regulations; local courts; jury presentments; borough ordinances; tax collection; popular protests; Yorkshire rising; Western rebellion

Chapter.  9254 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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