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Convocation

Each province had its own representative assembly of clergy, known as Convocation Since the thirteenth century they had each been composed of an Upper House (of bishops) and a Lower House (of clergy). Originally these were called to grant clerical taxation to the Crown but they came to deliberate on and make laws or canons for the church. The act of parliament which embodied the Submission of the Clergy (1534) considerably curtailed Convocation's legislative powers. After the reformation it was accepted that Convocation would be dissolved at the same time as parliament.