Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of parliament.
“King Henrie the father called a parlement at Windsore, at the which was present king Henrie the sonne, and a great number of lords, earles and barons.”
“King Henrie hauing ended his businesse at Yorke with the king of S.ots and others, which likewise did homage to him there, returned to London, in the octaues of S. Michaell, [S.denote: A parlement at Windsor.] and he called a parlement at Windsor, whereat were present king Henrie the sonne, Richard archbishop of Canturburie, and other bishops of England,”
“Tickhill into his hands (as ye haue heard) he called a parlement at”
“After this, he called a parlement, by vertue whereof he reuoked backe and resumed into his hands all patents, annuities, fées, and other grants (before his voiage into the holie land) by him made, or otherwise granted or alienated.”
“Each parlement is a gathering of local people of sufficient importance to entitle them to be present, in a section of his constituency.”
“a while after he had made his foresaid progresse almost about the whole realme, he returned vnto London, where he called a parlement as well to consult of matters touching the state of the commonwealth, as to furnish the see of Yorke with a sufficient archbishop.”
“About this time the king called a parlement at Westminster, to treat of matters concerning the commonwealth, [Sidenote: Discord still kindleth betwixt the king and the archb.] wherein great discord arose betwixt the king & archbishop Becket, about certeine points touching the liberties of the church.”
“This counsell is called a parlement, by the French word, for so the Frenchmen call their publike assemblies.”
“The name is derived from the French parlement, the action of parler (to speak): a parlement is a talk, a discussion, hence a meeting (an assembly, a court) where people discuss matters.”
“_ An oth taken by the lords touching the succession of the crowne.] where calling a parlement, he caused hir by the authoritie of the same to be established as his lawfull heire and successor, with an article of intaile vpon hir issue, if it should please God to send hir any at all.”
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