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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1631: Seeking Justice at Westminster and Beyond, II: Bridging the Gap between Crown and Crowd

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The National Archives
Organiser:Laura Flannigan, Faculty of History University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Stephanie Brown, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 1631-aPlaints, Bills, and English Villagers: The Court of King's Bench at Cambridge in 1338
(Language: English)
Chris D. Briggs, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade, Law
Paper 1631-bThe Royal Almoner at Court (and in Chapel) in the 15th and Early 16th Century
(Language: English)
Euan Roger, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Medicine, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1631-c'Travailing betwene the Prince and Petitioners': The Early Tudor Court of Requests and Extraordinary Royal Justice at Westminster and Beyond
(Language: English)
Laura Flannigan, Faculty of History University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy

This session explores the means by which centralised royal justice was accessible to the non-elite population of late medieval England. These include the king's senior courts of common law, which travelled the realm and provided opportunities for villagers to initiate judicial process; the royal almoner, who marshalled the space between the poor and their prince at the king's court and chapel; and the itinerant conciliar justice tailored towards poor suitors that was emerging by the late 15th century. The session will thereby trace the ebb and flow of some little-studied forums and figures facilitating popular supplications before the highest authorities.