Sir John Eliot

(1592—1632) politician

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Eliot, a parliamentarian, was initially a client of the royal favourite Buckingham, but turned against him, and in 1626 took part in the impeachment proceedings. For this, Charles I imprisoned him in the Tower. Further imprisonment followed in 1627, when Eliot refused to pay the forced loan. In 1629 he led the Commons' attack on Arminianism and prerogative taxation, and organized the coup on 2 March when the Speaker was held down in his chair to prevent him foreclosing debate. Eliot was again sent to the Tower, where he spent the rest of his life.

Subjects: British History — Philosophy.

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