Star-Chamber

Star-Chamber, a court which originated in the reign of Edward III., and consisted practically of the king's ordinary council, meeting in the Starred Chamber, and dealing with such cases as fell outside the jurisdiction of the Court of Chancery; was revived and remodelled by Henry VII., and in an age when the ordinary courts were often intimidated by powerful offenders, rendered excellent service to the cause of justice; was further developed and strengthened during the chancellorship of Wolsey, and in the reign of James I. had acquired jurisdiction as a criminal court over a great variety of misdemeanours—perjury, riots, conspiracy, high-treason, &c. Already tending to an exercise of unconstitutional powers, it in the reign of Charles I. became an instrument of the grossest tyranny, supporting the king in his absolutist claims, and in 1641 was among the first of the many abuses swept away by the Long Parliament.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Stannary * Stars, The
Stamp Act
Standing Stones
Standish, Miles
Stanfield, Clarkson
Stanhope, Lady Hester Lucy
Stanhope, Philip Henry, Earl
Stanislas I., Leczinski
Stanley. Arthur Penrhyn
Stanley, Henry Morton
Stannary
Star-Chamber
Stars, The
Stars and Stripes
Staten Island
States-General
States-Rights
Stationers' Hall
Stations of the Cross
Statius, Publius Papinius
Staubbach
Staunton, Howard

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