Elizabeth I - 1558 -1588 - Parliament and Council Revision Notes

Revision notes for Elizabeth's parliament and council, including the relationship with parliament, the role of council and the role of faction.Edexcel Unit 3 History. 

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ELIZABETH 1558 - 1588
PARLIAMENT
First steps of parliament
Elizabeth Summoned a total of 10 parliaments in her 45 year reign.

The first was immediately after her accession to the throne, which granted additional
taxation to cover the current war against France.

Secondly, a religious settlement was authorised whereby England…

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Conflict Arguments
Neal argues that Protestant zeal brought many MPs into conflict with the Queen. He
also argues that the increase of Gentry in parliament replacing townsmen meant more
MPs had legal training and so were more likely to challenge the Crown

However, just because they were educated does not…

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Largely remained compliant ­ subsidies generally went through easily and speedily

Elizabeth was never completely denied funds ­ during the war years parliament agreed
to multiple subsidies

Elizabeth appeared to have less trouble securing subsidies than any of her
predecessors

Despite protestant discontent with supporting the Dutch Revolt, MPs never…

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The council had a significant role, but you can't dispute the primacy of the monarch

Councillors try to manipulate Elizabeth. When they wished to change her mind, they
would often tried to convince her that what they were putting forward was favoured
by the political nation

Most "puritan opposition", including…

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Conclusion = Elizabeth needed the co-operation of her parliament and council, so
ruled by consent, yet was still a very strong monarch. She made pretty much all
of the important decisions, showing her success arguably.

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