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Maintenance of Political Stability

Henry VII Henry VIII Edward VI Mary Elizabeth

Church Appointed Archbishop Wolsey made active All political offices Cardinal Pole was Lord All political offices
as Lord Chancellor, use of Courts of Star were held by Chancellor, but the by non-clergymen
looked to bishops for Chamber, Requests…

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Maintenance of Political Stability

Parliament ­ met Tried and convicted Tried Suffolk in 1554 Used to endorse Tried Essex in 1560
infrequently and Darcy and Hussey, religious changes used to pass subsi
only when the changes to religious and protect the
monarch laws had to be Queen, used to

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Maintenance of Political Stability

The Law ­ courts Built on foundations Financial courts (First Financial courts
created to suit a laid down by Yorkist Fruits and Tenths) amalgamated to
specific purpose, kings, used Court of Exchequer in 1554
Court of Wards Exchequer and Court
retained separate of Kings Bench to…

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Maintenance of Political Stability

JPs ­ held a judicial Used least effectively Used most effectiv
role, could order in 1549 ­ Somerset by Elizabeth in 159
Sheriffs and Bailiffs didn't realize there was
to search for a lack of powerful JPs
robbers, dispensed
justice at local level

Nobility Lovel was…

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Maintenance of Political Stability

Legislation Acts of Attainder to 1536 ­ Act of Union 1547 ­ Vagrancy Act 1563 ­ Statute of
control nobility, use of 1536 ­ Act of 1547 ­ Treason Act Artificers ­ restrict
bonds and Supremacy 1547 ­ Chantries Act movement of labo
recognisances 1536 ­…

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Maintenance of Political Stability

Broad Observations

As the century wore on, the nobility was used to increasingly good effect in preventing rebellions
The role of the church as advisors declined as the century wore on
Parliament was used most effectively by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
Treason laws became stricter…


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