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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 207: The Language of Intercession in 14th-Century England

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Fourteenth-Century Studies
Organiser:W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Paper 207-aIntercessors for Royal Mercy in 14th-Century England
(Language: English)
Helen Lacey, Mansfield College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 207-bThe Languages of Supplication: A Comparison of Chancery Bills, Chamberlains' Bills, and Parliamentary Petitions
(Language: English)
Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 207-cPersuading Power in Late Medieval England: The Evidence of Petitions
(Language: English)
Christopher Fletcher, Independent Scholar, Lille
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

The session draws on recent work that allows a new appreciation both of the mechanics and of the culture of petitioning to the crown in 14th-century England. All three speakers have undertaken extensive work on the genre, and will showcase important new approaches to, and discoveries among, various series of petitions surviving in the National Archives.