The Parliament of 1626

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010
Available from Cambridge University Press

THE PARLIAMENT OF 1626

 

Date of writs of election: 26 Dec. 16251

Session dates:

6 Feb. 16262

8 Feb.-5 Apr. 1626 (adjourned for Easter)3

13 Apr.-17 May 1626 (adjourned for Ascension Day)4

19 May-25 May 1626 (adjourned for Whitsun)5

1 June-15 June 1626 (dissolved)6

Despite the refusal of the 1625 Parliament to vote more than two subsidies, Charles and Buckingham pressed on with their war preparations, as they now had at their disposal the £120,000 paid by France for Henrietta Maria’s dowry. In October 1625 ten thousand English troops led by the veteran soldier Sir Edward Cecil and accompanied by an Anglo-Dutch fleet descended on the Spanish port of Cadiz, but although the town was largely undefended Cecil failed to exploit the element of surprise, and by the time he landed his army Cadiz had been reinforced. During t