Charles II dissolves parliament to halt the Exclusion Bill

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Historical Context Note

The 'Cavalier Parliament', which has been sitting since 1661, is dissolved by Charles II, fearful that it will pass an Exclusion Bill removing the Catholic James, Duke of York, from the succession. The House of Lords refuses to impeach the Earl of Danby who was dismissed in December for allegedly negotiating with France. Although the impeachment is not passed, he is still kept in the Tower until 1685 .
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Editors. "Charles II dissolves parliament to halt the Exclusion Bill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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