Balancing Acts: The Crown and Parliament

Gillian H. MacIntosh and Roland J. Tanner

in Parliament in Context, 1235–1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748614868
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672233 | DOI:
Balancing Acts: The Crown and Parliament

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This chapter discusses the extent to which parliament was an instrument of crown power, suggesting that, while some kings came close to domineering over parliament, and a few sought to rule without it for short periods, kings could not ignore parliament and some were forced to submit to its authority. It is unnecessary to think in terms of a crown–parliament struggle raging through the centuries, but kings did push their luck, and it was parliament that more often than not pulled them back down to earth, or which legitimised extra-parliamentary action against overbearing kings. In large part, that was because the other groups present in parliament were too important to be ignored.

Keywords: Scottish parliament; crown power; kings

Chapter.  13788 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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