Justice and Grace: Private Petitioning and the English Parliament in the Late Middle Ages Gwilym Dodd

ISBN: 9781281145284

Published: January 10th 2010

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374 pages


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Justice and Grace: Private Petitioning and the English Parliament in the Late Middle Ages  by  Gwilym Dodd

Justice and Grace: Private Petitioning and the English Parliament in the Late Middle Ages by Gwilym Dodd
January 10th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 374 pages | ISBN: 9781281145284 | 7.80 Mb

Focussing on the key role of the English medieval parliament in hearing and determining the requests of the kings subjects, this ground-breaking new study examines the private petition and its place in the late medieval English parliamentMoreFocussing on the key role of the English medieval parliament in hearing and determining the requests of the kings subjects, this ground-breaking new study examines the private petition and its place in the late medieval English parliament (c.1270-1450).

Until now, historians have focussed on the political and financial significance of the English medieval parliament- this book offers an important re-evaluation placing the emphasis on parliament as a crucial element in the provision of royal government and justice. It looks at the nature of medieval petitioning, how requests were written and how and why petitioners sought redress specifically in parliament.

It also sheds new light on the concept of royal grace and its practical application to parliamentary petitions that required the kings personal intervention. The book traces the development of private petitioning over a period of almost two hundred years, from a point when parliament was essentially an instrument of royal administration, to one where it was self-consciously dispatching petitions as the highest court of the land.



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