IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 706: England under Strain in the Later 14th Century

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Andy King, Department of History, University of Southampton
Paper 706-aLeicestershire and the Rebellion of 1381
(Language: English)
James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 706-bThe Political Crisis of 1387-1388: Richard II, the 'Defenders of Truth', and John Gower
(Language: English)
Michael Bennett, School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania
Michael Bennett, School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 706-cThe Liber Albus and the 'Remembrance' of London’s Turbulent 14th Century
(Language: English)
David Harry, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
David Harry, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session examines crises at the national, court, and civic level in later 14th-century England. Bothwell analyses the place of the 1381 rising in Leicestershire history, and considers whether the role of traditionally ‘nonparticipant’ counties need more thought. Bennett reconsiders the events of 1386-8, showing that scholars have done less than justice to their deeper significance, especially considering they probably involved Richard II’s brief dethronement. Harry examines the Liber Albus (c. 1419) and the efforts of London’s record-keepers to obscure the nature of the governmental crises which led to the loss of London’s liberties between 1392 and 1397.