Parliament and the Law<sup>1</sup>

A. Mark Godfrey

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:
Parliament and the Law1

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This chapter considers parliament's role as a lawmaker, and shows how it evolved from a body in the fifteenth century that was as much concerned with judicial business as it was with legislation, into primarily a legislature by the middle of the sixteenth century. Thereafter, it maintained a close relationship with the central courts and even retained some aspects of its former judicial functions.

Keywords: lawmaker; legislature; central courts; judicial functions

Chapter.  13771 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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