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Ancient Government of England—Limitations of Royal Authority—

Difference in the Effective Operation of these—Sketch of the State

of Society and Law—Henry VII.—Statute for the Security of the

Subject under a King de facto—Statute of Fines—Discussion of its

Effect and Motive—Exactions of Money under Henry VII.—Taxes

demanded by Henry VIII.—Illegal Exactions of Wolsey in 1523 and

1525—Acts of Parliament releasing the King from his Debts—A

Benevolence again exacted—Oppressive Treatment of Reed—

Severe and unjust Executions for Treason—Earl of Warwick—Earl

of Suffolk—Duke of Buckingham—New Treasons created by

Statute—Executions of Fisher and More—Cromwell—Duke of

Norfolk—Anne Boleyn—Fresh Statutes enacting the Penalties of

Treason—Act giving Proclamations the Force of Law—Government

of Edward VI.'s Counsellors—Attainder of Lord Seymour and Duke

of Somerset—Violence of Mary's Reign—The House of Commons

recovers part of its independent Power in these two Reigns—

Attempt of the Court to strengthen itself by creating new

Boroughs—Causes of the High Prerogative of the Tudors—

Jurisdiction of the Council of Star-Chamber—This not the same

with the Court erected by Henry VII.—Influence of the Authority of

the Star-Chamber in enhancing the Royal Power—Tendency of

religious Disputes to the same End

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