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    • 1604
      • First Parliament
        • James' want of a union between England and Scotland
          • James tried very hard to convince the English P of the benefits of a union, but they did not agree.
          • P was prejudice against the Scots
    • 1606
      • Apology of the commons
        • MPs were anxious to ensure that the King understood the rights of the commons.
        • They asserted that their privileges were under threat- free speech and disputed elections.
        • Declared that, free speech, free election, and freedom from arrest were their 'right due to inheritance'.
        • The king could not make changes to religion without consulting P.
    • 1613
      • Essex case- Overbury scandal
        • Robert Carr was having an affair with Lady Essex
        • Thomas Overbury had helped the affair along, tried to persuade Carr not to marry her.
        • James tried to get Overbury out the way by offering him and ambassadorship abroad
        • Overbury refused- sent to the tower- Lady Essex sent him a poisoned pie. Both accused with murder but J pardoned them.
    • 1614
      • James' second Parliament (addled parliament)
        • Lasted for only a few weeks and achieved nothing.
        • P refused to grant subsidies for the funeral of Henry
    • 1621
      • James' third Parliament
        • Met in difficult times
          • Time of economic depression caused by the 30 years war and falling trade.
          • Bad harvest in 1621- widespread distress
          • Wide support for anti-Spanish foreign policy
    • 1617
      • George Villiers is created Duke of Buckingham
        • Most influential man in Britain.
    • 1624
      • James' fourth Parliament
        • Resolution for war with Spain
      • Three subsidies are granted for war - not enough for serious attacks on Spain
      • Statue of monopolies are passed
        • Made monopolies that were not concerned with new inventions illegal.
        • Only new inventions could be protected by a monopoly given to the inventor to reward him for his efforts.


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