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Henry IV (1399) to James I (1603)

During the reign of Henry IV the Commons claimed the right to grant taxation (supply) only after their complaints had been addressed (redress of grievances)

The Commons successfully asserted its right that it should originate all new taxes in its own House

Statute insisted that burgesses should reside in the borough for which they are elected. Over the following years, this provision was almost completely ignored

Henry V acknowledged that the approval and consultation of both Houses was necessary to make new laws

Statute limited the right to vote in county elections to those owning freehold property worth 40 shillings a year

The Clerk of the Parliaments was no longer a Chancery official and began to keep the acts passed in Parliament (the Original Acts) in Parliament's own archives

The Clerk of the Parliaments started keeping records of proceedings in the House of Lords - the Lords Journal

Henry VIII moved the royal family out of the Palace of Westminster after a fire, and left it to the use of Parliament and some government offices

Speaker of the Commons Sir Thomas More made the first known request for freedom of speech in Parliament

The Reformation Parliament passed legislation touching on every aspect of people's lives and made King-in-Parliament the sovereign lawmaker in the realm

A statute joined Wales to English administration and allowed its counties and boroughs to return members to Parliament

Henry VIII suppressed the monasteries and the abbots and priors could no longer sit in the House of Lords, making the Lords Temporal the majority there

Edward VI handed St Stephen's Chapel over to the Commons for their use

The Clerk of the Commons started keeping records of proceedings - the Commons Journal

Peter Wentworth made a speech in the Commons arguing for freedom of speech in Parliament, for which he was punished and committed to the Tower of London


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Henry IV
Henry V
Henry VIII
Sir Thomas More
Edward VI
Peter Wentworth

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