The English Parliaments Of Henry Vii 1485-1504
This is a study of the English parliament during the reign of Henry VII. It challenges a well-established interpretation: that the political importance of parliament was declining in this period as a result of royal hostility. Instead the study argues that the king valued parliament as an instrument of government. P.R. Cavill also examines the range of ways in which parliament engaged the king’s subjects. It explores how parliamentary decisions affected everydaylife. Cavill further proposes that this period was important in the development of the English constitution because it laid some of the groundwork for the emerging principle of parliamentary sovereignty.