Parliaments Under Elizabeth I - Notes

Elizabethan parliaments.

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1559

1559

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1559

  • Settlement of Religion
  • Conservative opposition in the House of Lords, pushed through by Puritan councillors i.e. Cecil
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1563, 1566-67

1553, 1556-7

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1553, 1556-7

  • MPs pushed Elizabeth for details of the marriage and succession. She saw this as infringement of the royal prerogative
  • Elizabeth hindered the passage of bills for further religious reform
  • Elizabeth requested money
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1571

1571

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1571

  • Treason laws strengthened
  • Subsidy granted to pay for the suppression of the Northern Rebellion
  • Strickland removed from the Commons by the Privy Council for attempting to reform the Book of Common Prayer
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1572

1572

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1572

  • MPs called for the execution of Norfolk and MQS
  • Elizabeth refused to execute MQS but agreed to execute Norfolk
  • Elizabeth prevented the passage of two bills, one debarring MQS from the succession and the other declaring her a traitor
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1576

1576

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1576

  • Peter Wentworth imprisoned by the Commons for demanding freedom of speech
  • Parliament voted the Queen a subsidy
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1581

1581

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1581

  • Subsidy granted
  • Anti-Catholic laws strengthened
  • Act to Retain the Queen's Majesty's Subjects in their Due Obedience
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1584-5

1584-5

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1584-5

  • Act Against Jesuits and Seminary Priests
  • Act for the Surety of the Queen's Person
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1586-7

1586-7

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1586-7

  • Elizabeth asked for advice about MQS
  • Anthony Cope and other Presbyterian reformers imprisoned for discussing Cope's "Bill and Book" campaign outside of Parliament
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1589

1589

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1589

  • Parliament voted the Queen a double subsidy to be paid over four years
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1593

1593

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1593

  • Peter Wentworth imprisoned for demanding details of the succession by the Queen
  • Opposition to the Bill Against Seditious Sectaries, including from Sir Walter Raleigh, a Crown supporter
  • Legislation against recusants passed
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1596-7

1596-7

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1596-7

  • Controversy over monopolies
  • Four major pieces of social legislation passed including a Poor Law
  • Money needed for social and economic crisis
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1601

1601

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1601

  • Further controversy over monopolies. Elizabeth cancelled some immediately by royal proclamation and promised to look into others.
  • Elizabeth's "Golden Speech".
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