The Illusion of Decline

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 Illusion of Decline

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Part III explores the effect of the new monarchy on parliament's standing as an institution. Chapter 7 debates the character of Henry VII's relationship with parliament. It first discusses why the king summoned only one parliament in the last twelve years of his reign. Attitudes towards the frequency of parliaments are considered. Next it discusses the implications for parliament of the crown's efforts to improve its ordinary income. The revival of feudalism and the reassertion of the royal prerogative are considered. Particular attention is paid to the crown's request for a feudal aid in 1504. Then it discusses perceived parallels between the English parliament and representative assemblies in other European states at this time. Particular attention is paid to the estates general of France and to the Scottish parliament.

Keywords: new monarchy; frequency of parliaments; ordinary income; feudalism; royal prerogative; feudal aid; estates general; Scottish parliament

Chapter.  8408 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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