IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1103: War, Politics, and Government: Liberties in North-East England in the Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for North-East England History
Organiser:Matthew L. Holford, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Keith J. Stringer, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 1103-aThe Crown and North-Eastern Liberties in the Early 14th Century
(Language: English)
Matthew L. Holford, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Administration, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1103-bNorthumberland Liberties and the 14th-Century County Community
(Language: English)
Andy King, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Administration, Local History, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1103-cThe Creation of a Border Liberty Identity: 1498-1536
(Language: English)
Claire Etty, Department of History, University of Durham
Index terms: Law, Local History, Military History, Social History
Abstract

Large areas of North-East England were contained within liberties, devolved jurisdictions where the king’s writ did not run. This has traditionally been perceived as considerably weakening the Crown’s authority in the area, leading to increased lawlessness, until Henry VIII introduced the Statute Against Liberties in 1536. The session will explore whether these separate jurisdictions led to problems for the Crown’s military and judicial structures. How did the power structures and administration of these liberties function in the absence of direct Crown authority, over a period of fluctuating royal power and policy, in an area which was periodically a war zone?