Seven Steps to Limited Monarchy

By rachelt
  • Jun 15, 1215

    The Magna Carta

    The Magna Carta
    It limited the King’s power, and protected the rights of individuals. This is the first time common folk tried to protect themselves, not just being at the mercy of the King. Image Sources:
  • Gunpowder Treason Plot

    Gunpowder Treason Plot
    The Gunpowder Treason Plot was an assassination attempt on King James I over religious differences, and it shows how people were rejecting one rule and wanted to make a stand and wanted more equality. Image Source:
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    -no more taxing without consent from Parliament
    -no unnecessary military powers (such as billeting, raising an army in times of peace, etc.)
    -Habeas Corpus
    It limited the monarch’s power, due to fear of him abusing it. If he does not do that then he shall receive no support from Parliament. Image Source:
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    A violence-free revolution, Parliament overthrew King James II, and replaced him with William and Mary. This was significant because it shows how Monarchs were no longer untouchable and needs to adhere to normal laws. Image Source:
  • Execution of King Charles I

    Execution of King Charles I
    The execution of Charles I made a significant change in the way people viewed monarchs. They no longer thought that they were Godly or Holy, and instead they were moving towards the idea that they want a just and fair ruler, regardless of whether he was above Man or not. Image Source:
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    Weakened the King’s power further, and more rights and liberties were given to people. Monarchs are almost powerless to do anything, and all the laws or petitions needs to veto by the people. It is almost as if the monarchs were only symbolic by this point. Image Source:
  • John Locke's Treatise

    John Locke's Treatise
    In his treatise, all men are equal, and governments need the consent of people, and can be overthrown. Gone is the notion that governments and kings are sacred, now they are normal people and can change them if they please. Image Source: