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Interview

1. How Parliament began?


 Derick: Well, the process of parliament began with the signing of
Magna Carta. Here, King John was the person who had signed it
unwillingly, and it quickly became clear that he was not going to keep
to the agreement. In that moment, the nobles rebelled and soon
pushed John out of the southeast so civil war was avoided because
John died suddenly in 1216.
 Romario: But John had a son, Henry Ill, he could take his place
 Derick: Yes, effectively he had a son but he only was nine years old
and he couldn’t take his place until he turned 25 years that was when
he started to rule for himself. It was understandable that he wanted to
be completely independent of the people who had controlled his life
for so long. He spent his time with foreign friends, and became
involved in expensive wars supporting the pope in Sicily and also in
France.
 Romario: I have read something about Parliament, and I remember
about Simon de Montfort`s council who had called parliament, but
only was composed by nobles who were able to make statutes and
make political decision. However, the lords were less able to provide
the king with money, except what they had agreed to pay him for the
lands they held under feudal arrangement. In the days of Henry I 85
per cent of the king's income had come from the land. The king could
only raise the rest by taxation. Since the rules of feudalism did not
include taxation, taxes could only be raised with the agreement of
those wealthy enough to be taxed.
 Derick: Yes, you are right. To complement your information, several
kings in that century had made arrangements for taxation before, but
Edward I was the first to create a "representative institution" which
could provide the money he needed.
2. What was the special thing that the parliament had in that moment?

 Derick: Well, that institution became the House of Commons. Unlike


the House of Lords it contained a mixture of "gentry" (knights and
other wealthy freemen from the shires) and merchants from the
towns that was the special thing that the institution had, while in other
parts of Europe, similar "parliaments" kept all the gentry separate
from the commoners. England was special because the House of
Commons contained a mixture of gentry belonging to the feudal
ruling class and merchants and freemen who did not. The co-
operation of these groups, through the House of Commons, became
important to Britain's later political and social development.

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3. What allowed William I to his lords?

 Derick: William I had allowed his lords to win land by conquest in


Wales. These Normans slowly extended their control up the Welsh
river valleys and by the beginning of the twelfth century much of
Wales was held by them. The y built castles as they went forward,
and mixed with and married the Welsh during the eleventh, twelfth
and thirteenth centuries. A new class grew up, a mixture of the
Norman and Welsh rulers, who spoke Norman French and Welsh,
but not English. They all became vassals of the English king.
 Romario: Wow! Also if we talk specifically about Welsh who were at
all free from English rule lived around Snowdon, the wild
mountainous area of north Wales and they were in charge of
Llewelyn ap Gruffvdd, prince of Gwynedd, who tried to become
independent of the English.
 Derick: Yes and Edward who was less interested in winning back
parts of France in bringing the rest of Britain and determined to
defeat him and brings Wales completely under his control.
 Romario: So it was there when two years later Edward and, bringing
the English county system to the newly conquered lands. But he did
not interfere with the areas the Normans had conquered earlier on
the English-Welsh border, because this would have led to trouble
with his nobles.
 Derick: Exactly!

4. How was considered Wales by England?

 Derick: The English considered that Wales had become part of


England for all practical purposes. If the Welsh wanted a prince, they
could have one. At a public ceremony at Caernarfon Edward I made
his own baby son (later Edward 11) Prince of Wales. From that time
the eldest son of the ruling kin g or queen has usually been made
Prince of Wales