HIS1B - Introduction - Britain in 1483

Britain in 1483

Charlotte Jones

The Nature of the Monarchy in 1483

  • It was accepted that the King was appointed by God - therefore it was a sin against God if anyone tried to overthrow the king.
  • He did not have unlimited powers;
    • Expected to consult his counsel in any decisions about the Church and the country.
    • Had to have approval of Parliament for laws to be passed and tax to be increased.
    • Expected to uphold justice throughout the country through judicial courts.
    • Expected to pay for his Court and the ordinary expenses of government and 'live off his own'.
    • Relied on his nobles to gather his armies (retaining)

The Power Structure of Britain in 1483 - The Feudal


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