De facto Act

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The name is misleading since the statute, 11 Hen. VII c. 1, does not appear, contrary to much commentary, to distinguish between kings de facto and kings de jure. Henry VII, victorious at Bosworth, faced a series of challenges to his throne. To buttress his position, this statute declared that a person performing his duty to the king could be ‘in no wise convict of high treason’ and that any subsequent legislation to the contrary would be null and void.

Subjects: British History.

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