Triennal Act

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Triennal Act
In April 1640 the English Parliament met for the first time in 11 years. The King had called the Parliament into session to request financial support. The Parliament refused and instead presented King Charles I a list of grievances. His reaction was to disband the Parliament. During the summer of 1640 a brief war known as the Bishops War broke out with Scotts who invaded northern England. It ended with the Treat of Ripon. In November Charles was persuaded by his advisors to once again call the Parliament into session. This meeting which lasted four years became known as the Long Parliament. In the course of the meeting the Triennial Act was passed. It required a meeting of the Parliament once every three years. In addition the prerogative courts were abolished and the king was prevented from dissolving the Parliament without its agreement/