IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 115: Cities and Parliament

Monday 9 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:History of Parliament Trust
Organiser:Linda S. Clark, History of Parliament Trust, London
Moderator/Chair:Linda S. Clark, History of Parliament Trust, London
Paper 115-aThe City of Exeter and its Parliamentary Representatives in the 15th Century: Some Evidence of Urban Decline and Recovery
(Language: English)
Hannes Kleineke, History of Parliament Trust, London
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 115-bThe Trouble with St Augustine: The Abbey, Canterbury, and Parliament in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
David Grummitt, History of Parliament Trust, London
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 115-cA 'Point of Contact' at the End of the Middle Ages: The Cities in the Parliaments of Henry VII
(Language: English)
Paul R. Cavill, Merton College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Although some modern commentators have questioned the importance, and even the attendance, of representatives of the English cities and boroughs in the late medieval Parliament, there can be no doubt that in the 15th century the House of Commons was predominantly made up of citizens and burgesses, who outnumbered the knights of the shire by more than three to one. This session will explore the role of civic MPs in the late medieval Commons, and the practicalities and challenges facing the cities in ensuring their adequate representation.