Elizabethan Government

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  • What was the importance of the court and ministers in Government
    • The Court
      • Made the monarch look good.
        • Went to public events with the monarch and entertained foreign guests.
      • Went to public events with the monarch and entertained foreign guests.
      • The members of the court had the monarch's ear. They could ask a favour or offer advice.
        • They could get monopolies on goods more easily
        • Well respected.
          • They could bend the ear of the queen. A very important part of Elizabethan society.
            • The members of the court had the monarch's ear. They could ask a favour or offer advice.
              • They could get monopolies on goods more easily
              • Well respected.
                • They could bend the ear of the queen. A very important part of Elizabethan society.
        • They met every day.
      • Houses of Parliament
        • Main purpose was to pass laws, decide tax rates and to grant subsidies.
          • When Elizabeth needed money, they approved it. She was the first monarch to regularly received parliamentary subsidies during a time of peace.
          • Because they were responsible for passing laws, they did have a say in the religious changes at the start of E's reign.
            • They passed laws that the monarch wanted passing. They used that fact to get what they wanted some times.
              • Main purpose was to pass laws, decide tax rates and to grant subsidies.
                • When Elizabeth needed money, they approved it. She was the first monarch to regularly received parliamentary subsidies during a time of peace.
                • Because they were responsible for passing laws, they did have a say in the religious changes at the start of E's reign.
                  • They passed laws that the monarch wanted passing. They used that fact to get what they wanted some times.
          • Members were not democratically elected. They were given their positions by the monarch.
          • They met only 13 times during Elizabeth's reign.
          • It was made up of 402 members (the number of MPs increased during E's reign).
          • They could be summoned or dismissed by the Monarch.
        • The Privy Council
          • The monarch's closest advisors
          • Managed the day to day running of the country
            • In charge of local government
          • Key members
            • William Cecil (lord Burghley)
              • Secretary for State (1558-1572)
              • Lord Treasurer (1572-1998)
            • Francis Walshingham
              • Secretary for Sate (1572-1590)
            • Robert Cecil
              • William Cecil (lord Burghley)
                • Secretary for State (1558-1572)
                • Lord Treasurer (1572-1998)
              • Secretary for state (1596+)
              • Master of the Court of Wards
            • Nicholas Bacon
            • Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester)
            • Nicholas Hatton
            • Walter Ralegh
          • Had no control over finances
          • Acted as  court of law
        • How did she retain the support of government and the nobility?
          • Patronage
            • Elizabeth offered governmental positions to nobles to secure their money and support.
              • She granted lands, titles, positions and monopolies
                • Monopolies
                  • Monopolies granted the owner of one to be the sole trader of a good within england.
                  • They were hugely valuable.
                    • When Essex lost his after his failed rebellion, he would have been financially ruined.
                  • Unpopular with the majority of people.
            • The system of patronage was very effective. She was the most popular Tudor Monarch.
              • People with no skills were given positions though.
            • Government was not very efficient.
              • People with no skills were given positions though.
          • Monopolies
            • Monopolies granted the owner of one to be the sole trader of a good within england.
            • They were hugely valuable.
              • When Essex lost his after his failed rebellion, he would have been financially ruined.
            • Unpopular with the majority of people.

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