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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1538: 14th-Century England, I: Kingship - Service and Reputation

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1538-aEdward II and the Historians
(Language: English)
Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1538-bEdward III: Perfect King and Perfect Father
(Language: English)
Nicole Harding, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1538-cRoyal Mercy for Military Service: The Use of Pardon in the Reign of Edward III
(Language: English)
Nicholas Adam Gribit, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Military History, Social History

The first paper explores views of Edward II as a king, beginning with strictly contemporary accounts and paying particular attention to the dates when chronicles, letters etc were written in relation to the events of the reign to try to measure the impact of specific events on the development of views of the king as his reign progressed. It will then consider the impact of these views on later views of the reign to see whether those acts of the king now most commonly criticised correlate to the behaviour for which he was criticised during his lifetime. The second paper considers the strong relationship which Edward III had with his children, noting in particular how this provided the underpinning for political stability in this reign. The third paper is a study of royal pardons granted to individuals who served on the English military expeditions to Aquitaine in 1345, and to France in 1359. It provides a comparative analysis of the pardon evidence, explores the different types of pardons granted by the Crown for military service, and reconstructs the administrative process which produced such documents.