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An Essay On The History Of The English Government And Constitution, From The Reign Of Henry Vii

by John Russell
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  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publishing date: 20091217
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781150205798
  • ISBN: 1150205792

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1821 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAP. II. HENRY THE SEVENTH. This King, to speak of him in terms equal to his deserving, was one of the best sort of wonders, a wonder for wise men. He had parts, both in his virtues and his fortune, not so fit for a common-place as for observation. Lord Bacon, Life and Reign of Henry VII. The battle of Bosworth Field put an end to the long and destructive wars which had wasted the blood, and disfigured tbe fair face of England, in the quarrel between the houses of York and Lancaster. Such a contention is little less disgraceful to mankind than it would have been to have made the white and red roses the subject, instead of the symbols, of hostility, and affords but too much ground for the assertion of a democratic writer, that hereditary right has caused as long and as sanguinary wars as elective monarchy. Henry, who was crowned in the field ofbattle, lost no time in proving he was as well able to keep, as to acquire a throne. He immediately summoned a parliament, and obtained from them the passing of a statute, not declaring that he was lawful heir to the crown ; not asserting the right of conquest, or of election ; but enacting " that the inheritance of the crown should rest, remain, and abide in the king." He procured this statute to be confirmed by the pope's bull. In the same spirit of peace and moderation, he caused many exceptions to be inserted in the acts for attainting the adherents of King Richard. A few years afterward he procured a law to be passed, declaring that no one should be called in question for obeying a king de facto. He thus quieted the minds of his subjects, and added more...

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