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English Parliaments Rise ot Power- In the seventeenth century the political power of the Parliament in England and the Monarchy in France increased greatly These conditions were inspired by three major changes the aftermath of the reformation the need for an increased governmental financing and the reorganizing of central governments These three points were each resolved in a different way in both England and in France The first major point which eventually increased political power was the aftermath of the Protestant reformation In England after the establishment of the separate Anglican church of England there were many protestant groups left in England still in conflict These groups all tried to push and pull parliament in their favor -- which ultimately made it so that nothing could be done These conflicts even came to the point of bloody civil wars and suffering on both sides of the fighting Parliament ultimately decided to stop these wars by creating religious Act of Toleration 1689 for the non-conformist protestants For many people this caused more unity in England and increased power In France the decision was made to unify the country through the establishment of a single religious authority the Catholic Church The king of France became the heart of this policy which gave him control of religion when this went into effect The next major point was the increase in need for governmental financing In England taxing had become under the control of Parliament In addition to this the cost of running a government in general had gone up and the country needed more money Because the king didnt have as much power to tax as he pleases the government could make a firm and accurate taxation of the people In France the price of government
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