Justice And Grace: Private Petitioning and the English Parliament in the Late Middle Ages

Hardcover | July 15, 2007

byGwilym Dodd

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Focussing on the key role of the English medieval parliament in hearing and determining the requests of the king's subjects, this ground-breaking new study examines the private petition and its place in the late medieval English parliament (c.1270-1450). Until now, historians have focussed onthe political and financial significance of the English medieval parliament; this book offers an important re-evaluation placing the emphasis on parliament as a crucial element in the provision of royal government and justice. It looks at the nature of medieval petitioning, how requests were writtenand how and why petitioners sought redress specifically in parliament. It also sheds new light on the concept of royal grace and its practical application to parliamentary petitions that required the king's personal intervention. The book traces the development of private petitioning over a period of almost two hundred years, from a point when parliament was essentially an instrument of royal administration, to one where it was self-consciously dispatching petitions as the highest court of the land. Gwilym Dodd considersnot only the detail of the petitionary process, but also broader questions about the government of late medieval England. His conclusions contribute to our understanding of the nature of medieval monarchy, and its ability (or willingness) to address local difficulties, as well as the nature of localsociety, and the problems that faced individuals and communities in medieval society.

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Focussing on the key role of the English medieval parliament in hearing and determining the requests of the king's subjects, this ground-breaking new study examines the private petition and its place in the late medieval English parliament (c.1270-1450). Until now, historians have focussed onthe political and financial significance of ...

Gwilym Dodd is a Lecturer in History, University of Nottingham.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.14 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019920280X

ISBN - 13:9780199202805

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I - Private Petitions in Parliament2. The Emergence of private Petitions3. 'High Noon' - Private Petitions: c. 1290 - c. 13304. Decline and Consolidation: Private Petitions in Reign of Edward III5. 'Common' Petitions in the Fourteenth Century6. Private Petitions in the Fifteenth CenturyPart II - Private Petitions and Private Petitioners7. Individual Petitioners8. Petitions from Communities9. Writing and Presenting Private PetitionsConclusionAppendix 1: Rolls and FilesAppendix 2: The Evolution of the Petitionary Form