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How successfully did Elizabeth deal with her Parliament?

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How successfully did Elizabeth deal with her Parliament? In the days of Queen Elizabeth I's reign, the parliament played a very different role to the one it plays today. The parliament was not particularly important. They only came to Elizabeth when she called on them. Infact they only met 13 times in her 45 year long reign. She only called them to pass acts of parliament, which were laws approved by the Houses of Lords and Commons. They also approved taxes and provided support, advice and money for the monarch. Their role was significantly smaller then the role of the Privy Council. Elizabeth and her parliament had very different ideas about what exactly the purpose of parliament was. ...read more.


Elizabeth and her MP's disagreed about a number of issues, the most important being that of her marriage. It was important to them that she got married and secured an heir for the throne and a strong king to rule beside her. However, Elizabeth was not ready for marriage and didn't succumb to their pressure. Peter Wentworth went as far as asking her to name an heir but she didn't. In 1572, the Catholic plot to murder Elizabeth was discovered and Mary queen of Scots was traced back to it. The MP's urged Elizabeth to have her executed but Elizabeth was in two minds about the situation involving her cousin. This again was important as it showed that their were still some Catholic extremists at large and Elizabeth was also scared of foreign attack if she had Mary executed. ...read more.


This placated them for short spurts of time but the issue arouse again and again. She later told them that it was no of their business and those who apposed her were punished. After Wentworth was imprisoned, the issue of marriage was left to rest perhaps implying that her method was successful. She often told the MP's that she would look into their complaints and the shortly closed parliament. This inevitably meant that she had control over them and could avoid anything she wanted to. This was successful also. Elizabeth was extremely successful when dealing with her parliament as she was in control all the time. She never let them become very powerful at all which meant they could at no point try and pressurize her into making a decision she didn't want to make. They were definitely less significant then the Privy Council and were used according to when Elizabeth needed them. ...read more.

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