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Before 1640 parliament was not powerful and it did not contain an opposition Discuss There are two schools of thought concerning parliamentary power and opposition prior to 1640 The older Whig ideal argues that Parliament was indeed powerful and contained opposition to the government ie the Crown because a power struggle ensued while the Revisionist faction denounces this view of a power struggle between Crown and Parliament it is important that two key words are defined Chambers dictionary powerful will be known as having great power and force while opposition will be regarded as the parliamentary body that opposes the government ie the Crown The Revisionist critique that Parliament did not contain opposition and was not powerful has many followers with many of the recent historians such as Loades Sharpe and Russell Their argument stands on shaky ground The three reigns prior to the Civil war greatest power struggle of all time were littered with Parliamentary opposition and power struggle The more viable Whig argument states that Parliament was indeed powerful and contained vast opposition against the Crown With two contradicting ideals Elizabeth and her prerogatives over the matters of state religion foreign policy marriage succession and finance in which Parliament couldnt discuss without her consent Parliament having the contradictory view that it was their privilege and right to discuss these matters The era of Elizabeth is a chronological chart of parliamentary opposition 1566 a petition from Parliament over her marriage Elizabeth ordered them to stop this debate because it was a matters of state Wentworth reacted to this by saying this was a breach of the liberty of the free speech of the House Elizabeth strongly as possible let this my discipline stand you in stead of sorer strokes never tempt too far a princes patience a warning to Parliament that they should not oppose her wishes There were many instances in which the Queen had to rebuke Parliament for
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