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Abstract

It is one of the most well-known incidents in English constitutional history. On December 1, 1641, the increasingly restive House of Commons presented Charles I with the so-called Grand Remonstrance, a list of 206 enumerated grievances, encompassing the entirety of his reign to date.' The King was not amused. On January 3, 1642, he accused five members of the House of Commons and Lord Kimbolton-all leaders of the opposition to the Crown--of treason and sought to have them tried before the House of Lords.

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