Tampering with the Succession
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Any consideration of the ways in which the three kings involved tampered with the succession to the throne must necessarily involve a consideration of the methods of succession. Those methods differed, sometimes radically, over the centuries, and the “tampering” should be seen in this light. Not only has that but the biggest “tamperer” with the succession has been Parliament. When the changes wrought by the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement are considered, the changes suggested by the wills of these three sovereigns pale by comparison. Nevertheless, at the time they engendered huge questions of constitutionality and legality.