IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1638: 14th-Century England, II: Parliaments and Retinues

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1638-aFrom 'Household Knights' to 'King's Knights': Reassessing the Structure and Terminology of Royal Knights in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Matthew Hefferan, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1638-bProctors for Parliament
(Language: English)
Alison McHardy, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1638-cEdward's Loyal Knights?: Parliamentary Representation, 1327-1377
(Language: English)
Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Paper -a:
An investigationof the sorts of men chosen to act as substitutes, that is proctors, for ecclesiastical peers in parliament. Although many were fellow-clerics, a number were laymen and this paper will investigate the links between bishops, and, more especially abbots, and the proctors they chose. Were these relationshops between equals, or was one party more powerful than the other?

Paper -b:
This paper presents the preliminary findings of a survey of the knights of the shire of Edward III’s parliaments (or a selection thereof). Who these MPs were and what connections they had to the crown remains one of the last great unknowns of late medieval parliamentary history. By pinpointing certain aspects of the careers of these MPs I hope to be able to demonstrate how levels of loyalty in the assembly fluctuated across the reign.