The Parliament of 1625: The Plague and the French
The Parliament of 1625 marked the new reign of Charles. His new queen, Henrietta Maria, arrived in London on June 16, and the Parliament assembled on June 18. While the Parliament was petitioning Charles for a public declaration that the recusancy laws be enforced, the French threatened him with the ruin of his marriage if he did what the Parliament asked. The French insisted on these conditions believing that England needed the alliance more than France, and that the English would have to take the terms offered. The opening months of Charles's reign was also faced by the menaces of plague, pirates, and religious fears. The second section of this chapter looks into the events of the London session, noting the key speech mad by Phelips about subsidies. The third section describes the Oxford session which lasted from August 1 to 12.
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