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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 828: The Troublesome Twenties: England in Crisis, 1320-1330

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:The National Archives, Kew / University of Cambridge
Organiser:Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Moderator/Chair:W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Respondent:W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 828-aEngland in Crisis?: The 1320s - An Overview
(Language: English)
Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 828-bThe Chamber Accounts of Edward II
(Language: English)
Kathryn Warner, Independent Scholar, Düsseldorf
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Politics and Diplomacy

Rarely in English medieval history can a ten-year span have seen as many seismic shifts as the decade from 1320. A prolonged and often bloody struggle over the rights and prerogatives of the crown and the person of the king, fought against a backdrop of economic dislocation and international conflict, culminated in the forced abdication (and probable murder) of King Edward II, engineered by his own queen. This was followed by a three-year regency again marked by oppressive government and civil strife, which was only ended by the last in a decade-long series of ritualistic executions. The decade has long been viewed by historians as a blot on the reputation of crown and people. This session will explore the personal kingship of Edward II and Edward III and the strategies employed by crown and community to dictate the political and legal agenda. It will also, however, assess the extent to which this decade was innovative and formative in terms of fiscal, legal, and administrative reform, and in forging new approaches to kingship and queenly power.