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Meanwhile Sir Henry Percy negotiated with the Scots, who were unhappy about the French presence in their country. ELIZABETH'S FIRST YEAR 41 Urging them to join with the English against the Catholic French 'for maintainance of the Word of God', Percy and the Wardens of the Marches procured a ceasefire from 6 March. 19 For a time it did not appear that the success with the Scots could be repeated with the French, and the negotiations at Cateau Cambresis dragged on through March. Elizabeth had finally agreed to make peace on condition that Calais be returned later upon payment of an indemnity, but there was much haggling over the exact terms.
Shortly after they left the Abbey, two bishops were arrested and sent to the Tower, charged with disobedience to common authority. By thus exercising its political muscle, the Council helped guarantee the eventual passage of the uniformity statute by reducing the number of Catholic votes in the Upper House. 24 v As the Easter holiday drew to a close and Parliament reconvened, new bills for supremacy and uniformity were being prepared for introduction. Because of the resistance to the 44 THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH I uniformity, each issue was to be dealt with separately, so the government would be assured of obtaining the supremacy, even ifit did not achieve the form of worship it desired.
On 9 February the Commons heard the first reading of a bill to make Elizabeth the supreme head of the English Church. When it reached its second reading a long debate ensued, ending three days later, when it was committed. That same day, 15 February, a bill 'for order of service and ministers in the Church' was heard, and on the 16th a bill entitled 'The book for common prayer and ministration ofthe sacraments' was ready. Thus by the middle of February there seem to have been three bills for the reform of religion.