Hist - Nov.7

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

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Unformatted text preview: 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 didnt really need a parliament- King was expected to be able to run the country without outside help...
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