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The Stuarts History Quiz #3 - The Crown's Finances

The finances of the Crown and its attempts at reform. (Pound Sterling symbol not visible). 10 Questions.

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The Court of King James I was seen as extravagant, with lavish displays of wealth - one of the most notorious examples was the ante-supper which cost around £3300 (in 1621) and included what?

  • Preparation of two huge feasts, the first was displayed and then thrown away, before the second was consumed.
  • The festival of the court masque in which courtiers would wear expensive gowns.
  • The giving away of a Parliamentary Subsidy to the most loyal courtiers.
  • Displaying of art loaned from art galleries from around European kingdoms.

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King James I was known for his generosity, in 1606 Parliament granted James three subsidies to help with his debts, but right away what did he do with £44,000?

  • Give the money as part of his patronage to William Shakespeare.
  • Spend on Anthony van Dyck paintings.
  • Give to his three Scottish friends.
  • Update the Royal Wardrobe.

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The Cockayne Project of 1614 granted the monopoly of wool to merchant William Cockayne to help increase profit from the export of wool; what was the Cockayne Project's effect?

  • The rise of Puritans who were greatly against the finished wool.
  • A monetary alliance with Denmark which accepted the import of finished wool.
  • Trade war with the Dutch Republic which embargoed the finished wool.
  • The increase in profit by 500% from finished wool.

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The Great Contract of 1610 included the annual subsidy of £200,000 in exchange for some feudal rights and the granting of £600,00 to cover debts; the scheme failed but who was it though up by?

  • Robert Cecil
  • Francis Bacon
  • Lionel Cranfield
  • George Villiers

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Robert Cecil also attempted to strengthen royal finances by ordering a survey of Crown lands (by revising the leasing policy), as entitled in ''what'' document in 1608?

  • King James Bible
  • Book of Sports
  • Book of Bounty
  • Book of Rates

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The Book of Rates (1608) was more successful, by levying impositions on 1400 items (which increased Crown income by £70,000); prior to this, the last time valuations were updated was in which year?

  • 1558
  • 1578
  • 1588
  • 1598

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The Crown had also attempted to strengthen its finances by offering knighthoods, an example of this is the title of baronet, which in 1611 was sold for £1095, but devalued to ''what'' in 1622?

  • £190
  • £200
  • £210
  • £220

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What is the meaning of the term ''imposition''?

  • A tax or duty.
  • To officially end Parliament.
  • A system of rule since 1066.
  • Tax applied to wealthy individuals.

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Under the reign of King Charles I, the monarch called on the prerogative finance of a forced loan that would be equivalent to five Parliamentary subsidies - what percentage of the wealthy paid?

  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 70%
  • 80%

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When King James I became King of England in 1603, the Crown's debt was only £200,000, but what was it in 1626, in the second year of King Charles I's reign?

  • £2,200,000
  • £2,700,000
  • £7,900,000
  • £8,800,000