The Parliament as the Main Innovator Between 1625 and 1629

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The Parliament as the Main Innovator Between 1625 and 1629

Between 1625 and 1629 there were many issues and disagreements between

the King and the Parliament. Ever since the start of Charles’s reign

there were immediate mistrust and disagreements. From 1624 when the

war with Spain took place the Parliament granted £ 300,000 with some

restrictions however Charles did not stick to these agreements so the

Parliament had no choice but to seriously think twice before agreeing

to any more funding, which resulted in problems later on.

The king was the main innovator between 1625 and 1629 because he had

to make many changes and use it to serve his objectives and he

achieved some of these without Parliaments consent.

In 1625 the Parliament granted Charles £140,000 for war versus Spain

and tonnage and poundage was granted for one year only, this affronted

Charles but Parliament had no choice because they were not ready to

trust Charles with large amounts of grants when they were not sure

about his plans. Despite promises Charles launched the disastrous

mansfeld expedition. From what Parliament could see Buckingham

Charles’s chief minister was influencing Charles dominantly.

Charles believed the problems in Parliament were linked to a small

group of MPs but there were more than just a few MPs who were unhappy

because he did not negotiate with them and there was no chance of any

grievances to be met.

Charles now had a problem. He was very short of money, but under the

terms of the Magna Carta taxes could not be imposed without the

agreement of Parliament. Charles tried raising money in other ways.

For example, he gave orders for Spanish treasure-ships coming from

South America to be robbed. He was forced to summon his second

Parliament. The Members of Parliament were still unwilling to grant

the taxes Charles wanted. Instead they complained about the illegal

methods that Charles had been using to raise money. Parliament also

demanded a meeting with the king's ministers. Charles refused,

declaring that Parliament had no right to question his ministers.

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