The Parliament of 1327 was instrumental in the transfer of the English
crown from King Edward II to his first son, Edward III, on 13 January.
Edward II had become increasingly unpopular with the English nobility,
and by 1325 even his wife Isabella despised him. Toward the end of the
year, she took their first son to France, where she joined and probably
entered into a relationship with the powerful and wealthy nobleman Roger
Mortimer, whom her husband had exiled. The following year, they invaded
England to depose Edward II, who was soon captured and imprisoned.
Isabella and Mortimer summoned a parliament, which began gathering at
the Palace of Westminster on 7 January. The king was accused of offences
ranging from the promotion of favourites to the destruction of the
church, a betrayal of his coronation oath to the people. An unruly mob
may have helped intimidate those attending parliament into agreeing to
oust the king.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_1327>
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Objective knowledge, the idea of unity included, belongs to
objective consciousness. The forms which express this knowledge when
perceived by subjective consciousness are inevitably distorted and,
instead of truth, they create more and more delusions. With objective
consciousness it is possible to see and feel the unity of everything.
But for subjective consciousness the world is split up into millions of
separate and unconnected phenomena. Attempts to connect these phenomena
into some sort of system in a scientific or philosophical way lead to
nothing because man cannot reconstruct the idea of the whole starting
from separate facts and they cannot divine the principles of the
division of the whole without knowing the laws upon which this division
--G. I. Gurdjieff
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