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Hist - Nov.7 - History of Great Britain Class Notes War...

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History of Great Britain – Class Notes 07/11/2007 10:37:00 War, Parliaments and Early Stuart Politics  What was a Parliament?  ‘Parliament was an event not an institution’ –Conrad Russell, Parliaments and  English Politics 1621-1629, (Oxford, 1979)    - Irregularly called by the King - Called since the 13 th  century Elections or Selections?    - House of Lords included titled peers and bishops - House of Commons included representatives of the counties, usually two for  each, and a large number of privileged boroughs Usually selected unanimously  If there were two people running no real voting manner No private voting - The members of parliament were not politicians - Gathering together of the most learned people of the land - The King was also a member of parliament - No parliament without a King, or without the assembled members   - Not a democratic system What did a Parliament do?     ‘The king in Parliament’:    - King didn’t really need a parliament - King was expected to be able to run the country without outside help -
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