Henry VII wanted a feudal
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
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