Royal Writs addressed to John Buckingham, Bishop of Lincoln 1363-1398
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227 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Canterbury & York Society

Imprint: Canterbury & York Society

Royal Writs addressed to John Buckingham, Bishop of Lincoln 1363-1398

Lincoln Register 12B: A Calendar

Edited by Alison K. McHardy

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These writs, previously largely unstudied, prove a rich source of information on government, law and society, as well as the church.
The many commands which the crown addressed to bishops represent a rich source of information about the history of government, law, and lay society, as well as about the church itself. The writs collected in this volume touch on many aspects of life in the later fourteenth century, including tax gathering, political upheaval, property disputes, Lollardy, and foreign warfare. The bishop is seen swearing in local officials, setting up commissions of enquiry,organising the attendance of the clergy in parliament, and consulting episcopal archives to answer queries from the lay courts. It also provides a vivid series of vignettes of family life among the gentry class from Yorkshire toHampshire. An extensive introduction places the writs in their historical and archival contexts, and offers suggestions for further lines of research.

Dr A.K. McHARDY is the author of numerous articles about the relationsbetween crown and church in late medieval England, as well as an edition of the Clerical Poll-Taxes of the Diocese of Lincoln 1377-1381 (Lincoln Record Society, 1992)

ALISON K. MCHARDY was formerly Reader in Medieval English History at the University of Nottingham.

"Demonstrates, as the editor rightly points out in a learned introduction, the variety and importance for students of English law of much of the material kept in episcopal archives." LEGAL HISTORY

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Title Details

227 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Canterbury & York Society

Imprint: Canterbury & York Society