Charles II: The Power and The Passion: Parliament Is Dissolved
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In an address to Parliament, King Charles II conveys clearly that the next heir to the throne is the Duke of York. He states that the Duke being the heir is a right ordained by God and considers anyone who denies that truth an enemy. At the end of his speech, King Charles II declares Parliament dissolved and dismisses the members of the House of Commons.

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  1. What is the only legitimate authority according to Charles II?
  2. Where do the rights of kings originate according to Charles II?
  3. Parliament comes from the French word for speaking - what does the King's decision to dissolve parliament demonstrate about his feelings on conversation?

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