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THE

PARLIAMENTARY

O R

CONSTITUTIONAL

History of England;

From the earliest Times,
To THE

Restoration of King Charles II.

COLLECTED

From the Records, the Rolls of Parliament, the Jour-
Nals of both Houses, the public Libraries, original Ma-
Nuscripts, scarce Speeches, and Tracts; all compared
with- the several Contemporary Writers, and connected,
throughout, with the History of the Times.

By SEVERAL HANDS.

The SECOND EDITION.
VOL. III.

From the Accession of King Henry VIII. to the fifth Year of Queen

Elizabeth.

LONDON,

Printed for J. and R. Tonson, and A. Millar, in the Strand; and
W. Sanbby, in Fleet-Street. MDCCLXII.

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Parliamentary History

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ENGLAND.

|N the Demise of King /forty VII. his The Aeetssioflol only Sort, Henry, succeeded to the H""y VUI* Throne, by the Name of Henry VIII. ,5°9' Never did Prince come to that DigEjtts nity with more shining Qualities, such a natural Disposition to do Good, and so many Advantages for reigning happily; insomuch that no Person in England could doubt but that he would efface the Glory of the most illustrious of his Predecessors. He began his Reign at a Time also when the most happy Circumstances concurred to make it easy to himself, and savourable to his People. Besides his indisputable Title to the Crown, he found the Kingdom peaceable; his Treasury immensely rich; his Subjects engaged to him in Love and Esteem; the neighbouring Princes divided, and obliged to seek to him as an Arbitrator of Peace ot War; in short, to hold the Balance between the two great Houses of Valois and Austria, who were then extremely jealous of each other's Power: But, Vol. III. A though

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