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The First Estate: Parliament and the Church

Kirsty F. McAlister 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614868.003.0002
The First Estate: Parliament and the Church

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This chapter examines the contribution of the first estate, which had disappeared entirely by the time parliament's history came to an end. It is clear that the church's role in parliament evolved. While prelates were present by the end of the thirteenth century, it was not until around the turn of the sixteenth that significant ecclesiastical legislation began to emerge.

Keywords: first estate; parliament; Protestant church; prelates; ecclesiastical legislation

Chapter.  16352 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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