Happy Parliament

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The Happy Parliament was the fourth and last Parliament of England of the reign of King James I, sitting from 19 February 1624 to 24 May 1624 and then from 2 November 1624 to 16 February 1625. It was dissolved on the death of the King on 14 March 1625.

The parliament was referred to as "Fælix Parliamentum" or the "Happy Parliament" by Sir Edward Coke.[1] The three previous parliaments of James I had been a source of conflict and the King's opening address to the Commons commented on the "desire of all parties to forget past disagreements." However the parliamentary session was clouded by mutual suspicion and nearly every speech made tacit or explicit comments with reference to previous sessions.[2]

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  1. ^ Coke 1680, p. 2.
  2. ^ Ruigh 1971, p. 2.


  • Coke, Sir Edward (1680), The third part of the Institutes of the laws of England : concerning high treason, and other pleas of the crown, and criminal causes 3 (6th ed.), London: Thomas Basset, p. 2 
  • Ruigh, Robert E. (1971), The Parliament of 1624: Politics and Foreign Policy (illustrated ed.), Harvard University Press, p. 2, ISBN 9780674652255