ImageToday is St George’s Day, patron saint of England. St George is always known as the dragon slayer (http://projectbritain.com/stgeorge2.html). But apparently he was a Roman soldier who protested at the treatment/death of Christians and consequently lost his life too (http://projectbritain.com/stgeorge3.html).

Image (King John signing the Magna Carta)

At CrossFit this morning, we were talking about the history that we all learned when we were at high school and we tried to figure out when the King/Queen of England seeded his/her decision making power to Parliament/when Parliament took over governing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Well, as far as I can make out, in my limited session of research today, there has always been, since 1200’s, a Parliament of sorts. It only met at the summons of the King and that was usually when he wanted something, like money or men or both because he wanted to go to war. In June 1215, the Magna Carta was signed by King John and the then rebelling feudal lords and was a list of clauses that laid out promises as to how the King would not abuse his power and would take care of the people of the country. (http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/magna_carta.htm)

The more modern version of Parliament emerged after the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and the execution of King Charles 1, 1649. Parliament consists of three parts – the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and the Monarch. The Queen could, if she wanted, veto an Act of Parliament, but this hasn’t been done for many many years. The following links are a couple of good sources if you want to read more:

Imagehttp://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/originsofparliament/birthofparliament/overview/firstparliaments/

Image http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/overview_civil_war_revolution_01.shtml

All very interesting.

Joanna

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