Charles I demands all wealthy Englishmen to buy knighthoods

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Historical Context Note

King Charles I, desperately short of income due to his failure to persuade Parliament to grant him tonnage and poundage for life, demands that all Englishmen with property over £40 a year must present themselves for knighthood. Anyone who did not do so would be fined.
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Editors. "Charles I demands all wealthy Englishmen to buy knighthoods". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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