Tag Archives: Convocations of the Clergy

Why Did The Convocations Lose The Power To Tax?

In yesterday’s post about the relationship between the Convocations of Canterbury and York and Parliament, I mentioned that, in 1664, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon, entered into a gentlemen’s agreement with the Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Clarendon which … Continue reading

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The Convocations Of The Clergy And Parliament

In honor of the fact that my thesis on the Convocation of Canterbury and the Royal Supremacy is now ten years old, I thought I’d do a short post on the relationship between the Convocations and Parliament. Starting in 1226, … Continue reading

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The Vicar Who Claimed A Seat In The Commons

On November 30, 1965, a Church of England vicar named Christopher Wansey tried to enter the chamber of the House of Commons. Although he wasn’t an MP,[1] he was a proctor for the Diocese of Chelmsford in the Convocation of … Continue reading

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