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glossary document index

A complete list of all the supporting documents for the time periods between 1215 and 1945.

1500 - 1760

Conflict, union and rebellion

Timeline of some of the major events and milestones during the years 1500 to 1760. Read the background section to put these into context.

1517
Commission of Enquiry touching Enclosures.
1534
Act of Supremacy. Henry VIII declared supreme head of the Church of England.
1536-43
Union of England and Wales
1549
Introduction of a uniform Protestant service in England.
1549
Kett's rebellion.
1588
Spanish Armada
1601
Elizabethan Poor Law: 'The Old Poor Law' provides statutory relief for 'the poor' in England and Wales.
1605
Gunpowder plot
1610s
Protestant 'plantations' in Ulster.
1628
Petition of Right.
1641
Grand Remonstrance.
1642
Start of Civil War.
1647
The Putney Debates and Agreement of the People.
1649
Execution of Charles I and the beginning of the Commonwealth [Republic].
1649
Short-lived 'Diggers' community at St George's Hill, Surrey.
1656
Readmission of the Jews.
1660
Restoration of the monarchy and Declaration of Breda.
1661-5
'Clarendon Code' against non-conformists.
1672
Declaration of Indulgence.
1688
The 'Glorious Revolution'; James II flees England.
1689
Bill of Rights.
1689
William III is invited by Parliament to take the Crown.
1701
Wrongous Imprisonment Act (Scotland's equivalent of the Habeas Corpus).
1715
Jacobite rising
1745
Jacobite rising