The Evolution of Parliament

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 Evolution of Parliament

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Chapter 8 locates the institution in Henry VII's reign within a broader account of the evolution of parliament. It first discusses the emergence of a parliamentary trinity, and examines procedural developments in the drafting of proposals, in the amendment of bills and petitions, and in the royal assent. Next it considers parliament's relationship with other branches of government. Parliament's status as a high court is addressed. The appropriateness of the distinction between a legislature and a judicature is considered. Then some of the possible implications for the polity of these developments are discussed. The chapter examines the significance of this period for the idea of the parliamentary supremacy and for the break with Rome, land it touches on. The ambiguous implications of developments in the early Tudor period for theories of sovereignty.

Keywords: evolution of parliament; parliamentary trinity; drafting; amendment; royal assent; high court; legislature; judicature; parliamentary supremacy; break with Rome; sovereignty

Chapter.  12056 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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