Medieval Petitions
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19th February 2009

266 Pages

15.60 x 23.40 cm

Imprint: York Medieval Press

Medieval Petitions

Grace and Grievance

Edited by W Mark Ormrod, Gwilym Dodd and Anthony Musson

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New research into petitions and petitioning in the middle ages, illuminating aspects of contemporary law and justice.
The mechanics, politics and culture of petitioning in the middle ages are examined in this innovative collection. In addition to important and wide-ranging examinations of the ancient world and the medieval papacy, it focuses particularly on petitions to the English crown in the later middle ages, drawing on a major collection of documents made newly accessible to research in the National Archives. A series of studies explores the political contexts of petitioning, the broad geographical and social range of petitioners, and the fascinating "worm's-eye" view of medieval life that is uniquely offered by petitions themselves; and particular attention is given to the performative qualities of petitioning and its place in the culture of royal intercession. With their vivid new insights into judicial conventions and the legal creativity spawned by political crisis, these papers provide a closely integrated assessment of current scholarship and new research on these most fascinating and revealing of medieval social texts.

CONTRIBUTORS: W. MARK ORMROD, GWILYM DODD, SERENA CONNOLLY, BARBARA BOMBI, PATRICK ZUTSHI, PAUL BRAND, GUILHEM PEPIN, ANTHONY MUSSON, SIMON J. HARRIS, SHELAGH A. SNEDDON, DAVID CROOK
Introduction: Medieval Petitions in Context - W. Mark Ormrod
Parliamentary Petitions? The Origins and Provenance of the 'Ancient Petitions' [SC8] in the National Archives - Gwilym Dodd
Petitioning in the Ancient World - Serena Connelly
Petitioning between England and Avignon in the First Half of the Fourteenth Century - Barbara Bombi
Petitions to the Pope in the Fourteenth Century - Patrick Zutshi
Understanding Early Petitions: An Analysis of the Content of Petitions to Parliament in the Reign of Edward I - Paul Brand
Petitions from Gascony: Testimonies of a Special Relationship - Guilhem Pépin
Murmur, Clamour and Noise: Voicing Complaint and Remedy in Petitions to the English Crown, c.1300-c.1460 - W. Mark Ormrod
Queenship, Lordship and Petitioning in Late Medieval England - Anthony Musson
Taking Your Chances: Petitioning in the Last Years of Edward II and the First Years of Edward III - Simon J Harris
Words and Realities: The Language and Dating of Petitions, 1326-7 - Shelagh Sneddon
A Petition from the Prisoners in Nottingham Gaol, c.1330 - David Crook
Thomas Paunfield, the 'heye Court of rightwisnesse' and the Language of Petitioning in the Fifteenth Century - Gwilym Dodd
"A fine collection of essays." JOURNAL OF ENGLISH & GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
"A valuable book which is indispensable for anyone intending to use Ancient Petitions in their research." NORTHERN HISTORY

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Title Details

19th February 2009

266 Pages

1.56 x 2.34 cm

Imprint: York Medieval Press