4th Parliament of King James I

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The fourth Parliament of King James I was the last Parliament of his reign, 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] Prince of Wales Charles Stuart and the Duke of Buckingham used the Parliament to aid their push for a war against Spain. Buckingham and Charles played a large role in insuring the impeachment of Lord High Treasurer Lionel Cranfield, who was opposed to a war for financial reasons.[3]

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  1. ^ Coke 1680, p. 2.
  2. ^ Ruigh 1971, p. 2.
  3. ^ Smith 1998, p. 63.


  • 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 
  • Smith, David L. (1998), A History of the Modern British Isles 1603-1707: The Double Crown, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 0631194029