Meetings of Elizabethan Parliament

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25 January - 8 May 1559

Main Purpose:

To discuss the religious settlement.

What happened: 

  • Bill was introduced to restore royal supremacy over the church. 
  • Parliament initially refused to sign.
  • Eventually did sign, but Elizabeth imprisoned some catholics. 
  • She also reduced the number of peers in the house of Lords so that she had more control. 

Mark out of 10 for level of cooperation:

  • 7
  • Initially there was opposition, however she handled the situation well and eventually got what she wanted.  
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12 Jan - 10 April 1562 & 30 Sep - 2 Jan 1567

Main Purpose:

To grant money to finance foreign policy.

What happened: 

  • The Privy Council were worried about her recent illness and pushed her to name an heir. 
  • Elizabeth reminded Parliament of her status as their monarch. 
  • She forbade any further discussion of the topic. 
  • Promissed that she would marry. 

Mark out of 10 for level of cooperation:

  • 4
  • She did not get what she wanted.
  • They did try to push her into doing something. 
  • They did stop discussing the issue. 
  • She was forced to promise that she would marry. 
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2 April - 29 May 1571

Main Purpose:

Mary Queen of Scots

What happened: 

  • The council called parliament to try and persuade Elizabeth to act over MQS.
  • Campaign to exclude Mary from the throne
  • Elizabeth agreed to execute the Duke of Norfolk who had been a part of a plot to kill her
  • She refused to agree to the execution of Mary
  • Promissed to consider excluding Mary from the throne

Mark out of 10 for level of cooperation:

  • 6
  • It seems like parliament were making demands and elizabeth is making the concessions. 
  • They are co-operating with her, they jsut fear for her safety. 
3 of 7

8 Feb - 15 March 1576

Main Purpose:

Elizabeth requested money despite the country being at peace. 

What happened:

  • Peter Wentworth demanded that the commons be able to discuss whatever it wanted. 
  • He was sent to the tower. 

Mark out of 10 for cooperation:

  • 6
  • Wentworth did not cooperate, however he was imprissoned by the house of comons itself showing that they knew he had crossed the line. 
  • She did not get the money. 
4 of 7

23 Nov 1584 - 29 March 1585

Main purpose:

To discuss the safety of Elizabeth after another plot to kill her was discovered. 

What happened:

  • A few Puritans tried to make religious changes. 
  • Acts were passed to ensure Elizabeth's safety and to ban Jesuit priests from the country. 
  • Subsidies were granted to maintain the country's naval defences. 
  • Elizabeth protected James' right to the throne even if Mary was implicated in a plot to kill her. 

Mark out of 10 for cooperation:

  • 9
  • There were a few MPs who tried to derail the session but for the most part parlament went with what Elizabeth wanted. 
5 of 7

29 Oct 1586 - 23 March 1587

Main purpose:

The privy council wanted Elizabeth to agree to the execution of MQS. 

What happened:

  • Privy councilors in both houses of parliament lead the discussion and Elizabeth eventually signed the death warrant. 
  • MPs were sent to the tower for discussing a religious bill outside of parliament and for speaking about a banned topic. 

Mark out of 10 for cooperation:

  • 7
  • Parliament was talking about a topic which Elizabeth had previously banned. 
  • She was forced into doing something that she had previously been opposed to. 
  • It wasn't really parliament acting though, but the Privy Council. 
  • Members again tried to discuss religious reforms.  
6 of 7

24 Oct 1597 - 9 Feb 1598 & 27 Oct - 19 Dec 1601

Main purpose:

To raise funds for the war in Spain. 

What happened:

  • The issue of Monopolies was brought up. 
  • MPs were not happy about the heay financial demands. 
  • MPs wanted to vote on subsidies. 
  • Elizabeth agreed to look into Molopolies and gave into their demands on subsidies and the prerogative. 

Mark out of 10 for cooperation:

  • 4
  • Parliament took the oppertunity to voice all of its own concerns and ignored the main reason it had been called. 
  • Forced Elizabeth to act. 
  • Showed the level of growing disconent within Parliament. 
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