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What was the significance of the English Bill of Rights?

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The English Bill of Rights limited the power of English leaders and was written by parliament. The English Bill of Rights is the English version of the Constitution.

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The English Bill of Rights established that Englishmen had inalienable civil and political rights that must be upheld. However, religious liberty was limited for anyone who was not a protestant. Catholics were banned from the throne under the Bill of Rights. Kings and Queens had to swear under oath to uphold Protestantism as the official religion of England. Monarchs could not build their own courts or act as judges unless they received the consent of parliament themselves.

The English Bill of Rights also stopped the monarchs from preventing Protestants from bearing arms, created a standard army and stopped them from imposing fines or punishments without trial. Monarchs could not impose cruel an unusual punishments on the citizens or give them excessive bail. Within the English Bill of Rights, free speech was also protected. These provisions were then adopted into the Constitution and can be seen in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth amendment. Parliament passed the English Bill of Rights on December 16, 1689. It's accompanied by the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right and the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.

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