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King George III and the PoliticiansThe Ford Lectures Delivered in The University of Oxford 1951-2$
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Richard Pares

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198811305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198811305.001.0001

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King, Lords, and Commons

King, Lords, and Commons

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(p.31) II King, Lords, and Commons
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King George III and the Politicians
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Richard Pares

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198811305.003.0002

This chapter describes the conflict of the distribution of power between the king and the two houses of parliament, the Lords and Commons. This was the main constitutional theme of George III's reign. George III held that there were some prerogatives which even parliament could not take from him; that there was a balance which it was his duty to preserve against parliament and that there were some limits to the validity of parliamentary manoeuvres. The chapter points out that in the distribution of power between the king and the parliament, there was a question which had not yet been resolved by any enactment, open admission, or irreversible course of precedents.

Keywords:   power, King, parliament, Lords, Commons, George III

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