Royal Council

The original council to the monarch in medieval times. It was made up of church figures and noblemen and was generally large and unwieldly. This council only met at certain times of the year, which proved ineffective, since the King needed council all year long. The King would turn to the members of the council who were available all the time (the members of the council who were also in the court or household) and this led to the Privy Council developled in Tudor times.