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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1316: 14th-Century England, IV: The Boundaries of Royal Power in Later Medieval England - Law and the Church

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for 14th Century Studies
Organiser:David Green, Centre for British Studies, Harlaxton College, University of Evansville
Moderator/Chair:Mark E. Arvanigian, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1316-aThe Bishops and the Ordinances of 1311
(Language: English)
Samuel Lane, Christ Church, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1316-bHenry IV and the Friars: Speaking Truth to Power
(Language: English)
Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1316-cThe Impact of Legislation in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy

Paper -a will evaluate the significance of the Ordinances of 1311 and argue that they advanced clerical interests as much as secular ones. The paper thus not only identifies a new influence behind the most important attempt at political reform in the reign of Edward II, but also sheds new light on the discussions which led to the Ordinances' compilation and promulgation. Paper -b will consider the execution for treason by Henry IV of at least a dozen Franciscan friars in the spring of 1402. The precise nature of their treason varies in the accounts of different chroniclers, who also have very different reactions to the executions. This paper will examine these different accounts against the background of contemporary ideas about 'treason by words' and 'speaking truth to power'. Paper -c explores the impact of statutory legislation on the political, economic, religious, and social life of late medieval England. This is a question that has only ever been addressed in relation to specific statutes, never on legislation as a general phenomenon of the royal executive. Enough work has been done to make it clear that the picture varied considerably, but why there was such great variation has never been systematically explored. Such an investigation sheds light on contemporary attitudes to the purpose of law-making, its enforcement (or lack thereof), and its reception in the localities.