IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 735: 14th-Century England, III: Law, Disorder, and Political Alliance

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Paper 735-aMurder, Mayhem, and Executive Stress in 1320s Lincolnshire
(Language: English)
Alison McHardy, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Law, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 735-b'Said the mistress to the bishop': Alice Perrers, William Wykeham, and Court Networks in 14th-Century England
(Language: English)
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 735-cWykeham, Wyclif, and Gaunt: The Politics of Anti-Clericalism in the Late 1370s
(Language: English)
Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

Paper -a considers the spike in petitions caused by the disorder and civil war of the early 1320s, focussing on several cases which arose around 1322 in north Lincolnshire which suggest that it was a disorder hot spot, with some surprising consequences. Paper -b explores evidence suggesting close association between the bishop of Winchester, William Wykeham, and Alice Perrers, Edward III’s former mistress following her forfeiture in 1377, including the fact that many of Alice’s lands were used for the foundation of New College, Oxford. The paper will discuss this, as yet unexplored, relationship and the potential new light it could shed on the dynamics of court politics during the final years of Edward III’s reign. Paper -c offers a reappraisal of Wyclif’s relations with John of Gaunt, exploring how and why they became so closely associated. Against a backdrop of political turmoil and rising anticlericalism, it examines the nature of the ideological resonance between the two men and the reception these ideas and policies received more widely.