IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1013: Balancing Regional and Central Power: Noble Networks and the Capital in Late Medieval England

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Organiser:Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1013-a'Neither willing, nor able, to discuss any matter without them': The Intercommoning Committee in the Good Parliament, 1376
(Language: English)
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1013-bSocial Whirl or Serious Business?: The Duke of Buckingham in London, 1501-1502
(Language: English)
James Ross, Department of History, University of Winchester
James Ross, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1013-cA Northerner at Home in London?: William Smith, Bishop of Lichfield, at Court and about Town, Christmas 1491
(Language: English)
Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Power-broking by the aristocracy took many forms in late medieval England. One key area to be explored in this session is the range of opportunities presented at the centre of crown power for the personal advancement and influence of those whose authority was built in the regions. Within the public and private spaces of London and Westminster, lords displayed their ‘good lordship’, entertained, sought patrons and allies, or attempted to manipulate their fellows in their own houses, at court, or in parliament. These papers will explore some of the mechanisms used by late medieval elites as they sought to balance regional and central concerns and responsibilities.