Resisting a royal request, 1504

Henry VII wanted a feudal aidGlossary - opens new window for the marriages of his children Arthur (by then dead) and Margaret. Parliament agreed that the king was entitled to such a grant, but the commons objected to the investigation of feudal tenures that this type of tax would have required.

Henry had increased his interest in feudal incidentsGlossary - opens new window from 1502, but mindful of the Southwestern Rebellion of 1497 (prompted by tax demands for war with Scotland), he agreed to abandon his request for a feudal aid. Instead, he accepted a subsidy of £40,000 for defence of the realm and then proposed that the amount should be reduced by £10,000.

By the early 16th century, Parliament was very sure of its role as the defender of the rights of the realm - and was able to resist Crown demands that were considered inappropriate and unrealistic.
Catalogue reference: C 65/130, m. 9(Parliament roll, 19 Henry VII, 1504)


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