Listings of important Elizabethan Times England laws
Elizabethan England laws that were created during these times needed the approval and the consent of Queen Elizabeth I. Though the Queen can make laws like the Royal Proclamations, other laws cannot be passed just by the lone intention of the Queen. In order for the law to be passed, the Queen needed to craft a Bill and the Bill should be forwarded to the Parliament.
The Parliament was also the body that was tasked to pass laws. For the duration of the era, the Elizabethan Parliament composed of the House of Lords and the House of Commons passed 438 laws in all.
Of the hundreds Elizabethan laws that was passed, the ones considered as the more important was the 1559 Queen Elizabeth’s Second Act of Supremacy revoking royal policy that was approved during Queen Mary’s sovereignty. The law that was passed in 1559 restored the Crown’s influence on the Church and the Realm.
Elizabethan Era Sumptuary Laws
Two other important laws that were passed during this era were the 1574 Sumptuary Laws which was also called as the ‘Statutes of Apparel’ and the 1601 Poor Law. The 1601 Poor Law Act then formalized the earlier practices making provisions for the National system that can be covered by levying property taxes. Four other Poor Law Acts were crafted during the Elizabethan Period.