A Level History: The Privy Council- the Centre of Political Power?

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You probably know who Henry VIII was, but how much do you know about his Privy Council? The Privy Council are the personal advisors to the Crown, appointed by the King or Queen. Particularly during the Tudor Era, this body was immensely significant- close to the King, they had the means to influence policy and legislation- and the power to do that. But to what extent were they the centre of political power? Here, we lay down the arguments to get a better idea…

WERE THE PRIVY COUNCIL THE CENTRE OF POLITICAL POWER AND GOVERNMENT IN ENGLAND IN THE YEARS 1540-53?

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The answer to the question of “to what extent you think the Privy Council was the centre of political power” is one for you to judge. Whether you decide ‘to a greater extent’, or ‘to a lesser extent’, guess what? You’re right! This is the kind of question that does not have a particular answer [just make sure you can back up your view]. What we can all hopefully agree on however, is that the Privy Council were important and powerful. They had the King’s ear. If you were at the court of Henry VIII, these are probably the people you hope never to get on the wrong side of…

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