Tudor parliaments had a particularly important role in the government and administration in the 16th century. It was, after all, the country’s most vital institution after the King’s Council. There were two chambers in Parliament– the upper chamber, called the House of Lords, and the lower chamber, called the House of Commons (both still exist to this day), the latter of which contained 310 members in the 16th century- 74 Knights of the Shire and 236 Burgesses. Some historians believe that Parliament showed remarkably little opposition when carrying through major changes in religion in the Tudor reigns of Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, whilst others disagree. This was one of the most important debates we had to discuss whilst I was doing my A-levels, and yet, it has no ‘right’ answer. When we used to have a class discussion, we could never make up our minds by the end of it, and they went on for such a long time because of that! That does mean, though, that you are free to make up your own mind as to the extent to which Parliament was compliant. Hopefully, this little guide will help you do just that.
PARLIAMENT- A COMPLIANT BODY DURING THE REIGNS OF EDWARD, MARY AND ELIZABETH…?
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