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Why did people go to war in 1642?

Case study 1: 1637-39 - Source 2


A legal complaint made by Sir Richard Strode about ‘ship money’, August 1639

(Catalogue ref: SP 16/427/32)

Source 2a

We present that whereas it is enacted 34.Ed.1. that noe tallage or ayd shall be layd or levyed by the King, or his Heyrs, with out the good will, and Assent of the Lords, and Commons &c And whereas 25.Ed.3. its enacted that from thenceforth none shall be compelled to make any Loanes to the King against his will, …

Source 2b

yet nevertheless contrary to the said Lawes, and Liberties, one Cow worth 4l 10s 0 being the Goods of Sir Richard Stroad of Plimton St Mary in this county of Kent, by colour of an unlawfull and unreasonable Rates made Symon Hele, a Guard & others was by Thomas Row a Constable of the said parish taken, and sold for the Kings Majesties Service on 23d Marlij last at Newingham in the sayd parish to rayse Rates made, for the setting forth of Shipping without Consent in Parliament.

Richard Stroade