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Terry F.  •  Link

The Privy Council & what Charles II made of it

"The origins of the Privy Council may be found in the medieval king's Council. The great lords and prelates were regarded as the king's natural counsellors;...The continuing task of administration...required a more compact and permanent body of advisers drawn from the chief ministers of state (the Chancellor, the Treasurer and the Keeper of the Privy Seal), a few bishops, secular peers and senior household officials, and occasionally judges, lawyers and other laymen.
[...] "Under the Tudors the Privy Council....enjoyed powers which would now be characterised as political, administrative, legislative and judicial, but which were only gradually differentiated.
[...] "The political authority of the Privy Council, at its height under the later Tudors and the early Stuarts, began to decline under Charles II. Political power passed to the secretaries of state and other ministers dominating boards such as the Treasury and the Admiralty who came to depend during the eighteenth century upon their command of a majority in Parliament. Membership of the Privy Council became either a political formality or a public honour....," which is true of the appointments noted by the 6th jun 1660 letters to Pepys (see the quotation thereof by vincent[cungranissalis]).


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