Henry VII's Parliment

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Parliment
Parliment, consisting of the House of Commons and the House of Lords had been around since the 13th Century. However, it only met occasionally and was therefore, not central to the system of govt.
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Function of parliment
The main functions of parliment were to pass laws and grant taxation to the crown. It also functioned so that local issues and grievances could be passed on to the Kings Officials by local MPs.
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The House of Lords
Comprised of the House of Lords Spiritual (bishops and abbots of major religious houses) and The House of Lords Temporal (the nobility).
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The House of Commons
The House of Commons was comprised from two MPs for each county, two MPs for each Borough and representatives of both universtities (Oxford and Cambridge). The right to vote was largely restricted to men who owned property.
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Parliment
Only the King could call parliment, and Henry demonstrated that right by calling his first parliment early in his reign. He called a total of 7 parliments while he was in power.
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Early Parliments
Henrys early parliments were concerned with National Security and raising revenue. For example, his first 2 parliments passed numerous Acts of Attainder.
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Other Parliments
Other parliments granted extrodinary revenue- this meant that Henry could wage war.
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Extrodinary Revenue
Money raised by the king as one off payments when there was an emergancy of unforseeable expense of government. This could be parlimentary grants, loans and clerical taxes.
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Fifteenths and tenths
This was standard form of taxation, paid by towns and boroughs to the crown.
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The main functions of parliment were to pass laws and grant taxation to the crown. It also functioned so that local issues and grievances could be passed on to the Kings Officials by local MPs.

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Function of parliment

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Comprised of the House of Lords Spiritual (bishops and abbots of major religious houses) and The House of Lords Temporal (the nobility).

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The House of Commons was comprised from two MPs for each county, two MPs for each Borough and representatives of both universtities (Oxford and Cambridge). The right to vote was largely restricted to men who owned property.

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Only the King could call parliment, and Henry demonstrated that right by calling his first parliment early in his reign. He called a total of 7 parliments while he was in power.

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