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The political influence that society had during the 17th century
Question OneKali Hoying
An Overview of Social Classes in England Nobility Gentry Yeomen Craftsmen, tenant farmers, and laborers
An Overview of Political Structure in England King/Queen Parliament
House of Lords House of Commons
House of Lords Made up of nobility and superior clergy Appointed Usually hereditary Possess veto power
House of Commons Made up mostly of landed gentry Elected Given the say over all measures to initiate taxation
Women Could not vote Could not hold an office Discouraged from expressing their political views in public Indirectly influenced politics
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Stip, Roger. Unit 3.2: 1 English Society in the 17th Century.WMV. 2011. Video. Youtube.comWeb. 29 Oct 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp_xZDulNCc>.
The Political Problems of the 17 century leading up to the English Civil WarWhitney LongeneckerQuestion 2
Political Problems King and Parliament
struggled to determine each other’s role in government
James I came into power after Elizabeth's death, exercising the divine right of kings and alienating Parliament.
Religious controversies between the Anglican Church and Puritans.
Charles I and Parliament Parliament passed the
Petition of Right, which prohibited the monarch from taxing the people without Parliament’s consent.
Charles I accepted it at first, but later realized how much it limited his power, and decided since he could not work with the Parliament, he would not summon it to meet at all.
Charles I Religious Policy Charles I married a
Catholic woman, Henrietta Maria, from France, which aroused suspicion for his religious preference.
Tried to introduce more ritual to the Anglican church; Puritans believed it was a return to Catholicism.
Charles I Religious Policy Attempted to impose the Anglican Book
of Common Prayer on the Scottish Presbyterian church, who rose up in rebellion against the king.
Charles I was forced to summon Parliament because he did not have the funds to raise an army in order to defend against the Scots.
This was their first meeting in 11 years.
Charles I vs. Parliament Limited royal authority in their first
session. Abolished arbitrary court and taxes
imposed without Parliaments consent. Pushed for the elimination of bishops in
the Anglican church. Charles I tried to arrest some of the
more radical Parliament members such as John Pym and his fellow Puritans.
The Start of the Civil War Because Charles I had
tried to arrest members of Parliament without any justification to any crimes, Parliament came to the agreement that the king had over stepped his bounds, and England slipped into a civil war.
Sources Walwyn, William. "Lecture 7: The English
Civil War." The History Guide. N.p., 3 Aug. 2009. Web. 27 Oct. 2012.
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Events of the English Civil War
The English Civil War
The English Civil war was a series of conflicts in England between Parliamentarians and Royalists.
Supporters of the English Parliament.
Also known as Roundheads. Led by Oliver Cromwell. Wanted to bring more power
to the English Parliament and remove power from the monarch.
Supporters of King Charles I and Charles II.
Also known as Cavaliers.
Sought to keep power with the Monarch. (King Charles I)
Events – Start of the War 1642 – King Charles
raises his standard at Nottingham signaling the start of the war.
Royalists won most of the early battles routing the Parliamentarians until 1644.
Events – New Model Army
1645 – Cromwell created the “New Model Army”
Army ranks are based upon skill and ability rather than social class.
Becomes modern military system.
Leads to success for the Parliamentarians.
Events – End of the 1st Civil War
1646 – King Charles I is captured by the Parliamentarian army.
King Charles I escapes and seeks help from the Scots.
This signals the start of the Second Civil War.
Events – End of the 2nd Civil War
1649 – King Charles is captured by the Parliamentarian army.
He is beheaded and the Parliamentarians claim victory over the second civil war.
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5. The Impact of the Glorious Revolution on the Creation of New ActsTayler Shreve
What is the Glorious Revolution?
Also called the Revolution of 1688 or the Bloodless Revolution
1688-1689 Constitutional crisis resolved through
legislation Came at the end of a reign when
James II had made it evident that he wanted Roman Catholicism reinstalled as the country’s religion
Parliament engineered the ouster of the legitimate male line of the Stuart Kings
Imported a new Protestant king and queen William III and Mary II William III and
What Did The Glorious Revolution Do?
"established an elected Parliament as supreme in the fundamentals of taxation and legislation and set clear limits to royal power.“
Established the victory of Parliament over the King Various contested issues of power were resolved in
favor of Parliament Parliament had to be convened regularly All new taxes had to be approved by Parliament New political arrangements were made with Scotland
English Convention Parliament 1689 Met amid the confusion created
by James’s flight In February, the Convention
agreed that James had “abdicated the government and that the throne has thereby become vacant.”
The leaders of the Convention prepared the Declaration of Rights to be presented to William and Mary
Bill of Rights 1689 Conservative document passed into
law Established the principle that only a
Protestant could wear the crown of England
A new coronation oath required the monarch to uphold Protestantism and the statutes, laws, and customs of the realm as well
Had a major political bent to it that handed a great deal of power to Parliament
Some historians view it as the start of constitutional monarchy
Bill of Rights Declared that James had
abdicated and that the Crown had legally passed to William and Mary and their heirs
Forbade the monarch from being a Catholic and from marrying a Catholic
Taxation raised through anything else other than Parliament was banned
A standing army raised without Parliament’s consent was banned
The prosecution of anyone petitioning the Crown was banned
March 1689 Gave the monarch the legal means to maintain
army discipline but Parliament had to support this every six months at a time This was later increased to a year
Restrained the monarch’s control over military forces in England by restricting the use of martial law
Passed for one year only When it lapsed between 1698 and 1701, the crown’s
military power was not appreciably affected
Toleration Act May 1689 Did not introduce classic religious toleration Exempted Dissenters from certain laws
except Catholics and Unitarians The Toleration Act permitted most forms of Protestant worship
Unitarians were explicitly excluded, as were Catholics and Jews. Allowed freedom of worship but not full citizenship
Test and Corporation acts were still in force. Originally intended to be part of a new comprehensive
religious settlement in which most mainline Dissenters would be admitted into the church
This failed for the same reasons that comprehension had been failing for 30 years the Anglican clergy would not give up its monopoly Dissenters would not compromise their principles
Triennial Act December 1694 No Parliament should exceed three years No dissolution of Parliament should be longer than
three years Reluctantly agreed to by Charles I
Said it reduced his sovereign powers Stated that there had to be a parliament of at least 50
days duration every three years It was designed to prevent a repetition of the long
absences of parliament Seen in the '11 Years Tyranny' of 1629-1640.
It was never used Parliaments after the Civil War greatly moderated it At least recognized the importance of parliament in
the government of the country
Civil List Act December 1698 Provided the Crown with money to pay for its
existence as well as financing extraordinary expenditure such
as wars Previously these expenses had been paid entirely
from the monarch’s hereditary revenues and from certain taxes voted to the sovereign for life by Parliament
During the reign of George I, the Civil List became a fixed sum, with Parliament paying any debts that were incurred
For George II there were assigned revenues in addition to fixed grants and a guaranteed total of £800,000
George III made a political tool of his Civil List (at a fixed sum of £800,000), rewarding his supporters in Parliament with secret pensions and bribes.
Parliament, in turn, sometimes used a sovereign’s dependence on the Civil List as a means of persuading him to give up other income or powers
Act of Settlement June 1701 A piece of English legislation governing the succession
to the English Crown It was passed in 1701 to amend the English Bill of
Rights, following the death of the last child of the then Princess Anne
The Act of Settlement wanted to clarify what would happen if Anne left no heirs The House of Hanover was Protestant and the act ensured that the Protestant faith would continue after Anne died
Provides that only Protestant descendants of Sophia, who have not married a Roman Catholic, can succeed to the English Crown
In addition, it specifies that it is for Parliament to determine who should succeed to the throne, not the monarch.
Sophia died before Anne, so the result of the Act was the succession of Sophia’s son George in preference to many of his cousins.
As a result of the Act of Settlement, several members of the British Royal Family who have converted to Roman Catholicism or married Roman Catholics have been barred from succeeding to the Crown, though since George I no individual has been excluded from the throne on the grounds of religion
Sophia of Hanover
Alien Act of 1705
A law passed by the English parliament as a response to the Scottish parliament's Act of Security of 1704
Provided that Scottish estates held in England were to be treated as alien property Making inheritance much less certain
Also had an embargo on the import of Scottish products into England and English colonies About half of Scotland's trade, covering sectors such as
linen, cattle and coal Contained a provision that it would be suspended if the
Scottish entered into negotiations on the dispute between the two parliaments
Achieved its aim, leading to the Act of Union 1707 uniting the two countries as Great Britain
• 1707• Passed by the English and Scottish Parliaments• Led to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
• May 1st, 1707
• The UK Parliament met for the first time in October 1707• Scotland’s needed economic security and material assistance• England’s needed political safeguards against French attacks and a
possible Jacobite restoration– for which Scotland might serve as a conveniently open back door
• England’s ‘bargaining card’ was freedom of trade• Scotland’s was acquiescence in the Hanoverian succession• The Protestant succession was adopted• Trade was to be free and equal throughout Great Britain and its
dominions• Subject to certain temporary concessions, taxation, direct and
indirect, would also be uniform• England compensated Scotland for undertaking to share
responsibility for England’s national debt by payment of an equivalent of £398,085
• Scots law and the law courts were to be preserved• Scottish Parliament passed the treaty in January 1707
– English passed it soon after
• The royal assent was given on March 6• The union went into effect on May 1, 1707.
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United-Kingdom/44875/The-Revolution-of-1688 Secondary Sources:
British ConstitutionalismThe British Cabinet of the 18th century
Question 6By: Amber Tilicky
The British Cabinet The Cabinet developed during the 18th
century as an inner committee of the Privy Council. It is composed of about 20 ministers chosen by the Prime Minister. The job of the Cabinet is to determine policy and ensure the control and co-ordination of government. The Privy Council was the chief source of
executive power until the system of Cabinet government developed. Its main function these days is to advise the Sovereign.
The Privy Council in 1837
Meetings of the Privy Council were normally held once
each month wherever the Sovereign was
residing at the time.
What is the Cabinet? The Cabinet is the executive committee of Her Majesty's Privy
Council, a body which has legislative, judicial and executive functions, and whose large membership includes members of the Opposition. Its decisions are generally implemented either under the existing powers of
individual government departments, or by Orders in Council The Cabinet is the ultimate decision-making body of
the executive within the Westminster system of government in traditional constitutional theory The political and decision-making authority of the cabinet has been
gradually reduced over the last several decades, with some claiming its role has been usurped by a "prime ministerial“ government.
Composed of the Prime Minister and some 22 Cabinet ministers, the most senior of the government ministers
Within the Cabinet The Cabinet meets on a regular basis, usually
weekly on a Thursday morning notionally to discuss the most important issues of government policy, and to make decisions The length of meetings varies according to the style of the
Prime Minister and political conditions The Cabinet has numerous sub-committees which
focus on particular policy areas, particularly ones which cut across several ministerial responsibilities, and therefore need coordination. These may be permanent committees or set up for a short duration to look at particular issues
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By John Who has been sickBut is now feeling betterAnd has returned
The British Constitution (or lack of) There is no written document for the British
Constitution (referred to as “uncodified”) Acts of Parliament are the most though out parts,
they are approved by the Monarch, the House of Lords, and The House of Commons.
>These acts are sometimes used by the House of commons to overturn decisions by the House of Lords
The doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, the Magna Carta, and the Act of Settlement of 1701 have influenced many of the ideas
Amendments are still made even though it is unwritten by a majority of support from both houses of parliament
Bill of Rights(Unless under direction of Parliament) It is illegal to suspend or put into action
any laws It is illegal to have a standing army
during a time of peace
Bill of Rights(Always illegal) Religious courts for (ecclesiastic causes) Levying money for the crown unless the
same is given to parliament Removing rights to petition against the
king Unfair or excessive fines, juries, or
treatment while under conviction, The reinstatement of fines before conviction
Bill of Rights(Granted Rights) Subjects are allowed to petition against the king Protestants were allowed to have guns when the
Papists had already been building armies against them
Speeches, debates, and proceedings cannot be questioned (freedom of speech)
The election of parliament members ought to be free
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Oct. 1997. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.constitution.org/eng/eng_bor
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