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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 710: Parliament and Convocation in Late Medieval England

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Organiser:Daniel F. Gosling, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Paper 710-aThe Freedom of the English Church in 14th-Century Parliamentary Rhetoric
(Language: English)
Daniel F. Gosling, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 710-bSecond Parliament or Private Assembly?: Convocation in 15th-Century Constitutional Thought
(Language: English)
Paul R. Cavill, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought
Paper 710-cProcedure, Language, and Social Dynamic in the 15th-Century English Parliament
(Language: English)
Hannes Kleineke, History of Parliament Trust, London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric, Social History

The papers in this session examine aspects of Parliament and Convocation in the 14th and 15th centuries. The first paper analyses how the freedom of the English Church - enshrined in Magna Carta and the medieval monarch's coronation oath - was used in the 14th-century parliaments to justify a wide array of legislations, which didn't necessarily uphold clerical freedoms. The second paper looks at the relationship between Parliament and Convocation in the 15th century, in an attempt to identify the extent of the latter's constitutional influence. The final paper looks at parliamentary procedure in a closer detail.