Proctors for Parliament: Clergy, Community and Politics, c.1248-1539. (The National Archives, Series SC 10)

September 2018
8 black and white illustrations
352 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Canterbury & York Society
ISBN: 9780907239819
Format: Hardback
Canterbury & York Society
BISAC HIS037010, REL015000, REL016000

Proctors for Parliament: Clergy, Community and Politics, c.1248-1539. (The National Archives, Series SC 10)

Volume II: 1377-1539

Edited by Phil Bradford, Alison K. McHardy

Edition of a major, previously unpublished, source for the history of England's medieval parliament.
In the Middle Ages clergy of all ranks, from archbishops to parochial clergy, sent proctors to parliament, whether as representatives of constituency groups - diocesan clergy and cathedral chapters - or substitutes for those expected to attend in person. The National Archives series SC 10 contains 2,520 surviving letters of appointments by these parliamentarians, both groups and, more especially, individuals, cathedral deans, archdeacons, and many bishops; especially valuable are the letters sent by bishops whose registers have not survived, as in the case of Chichester and of the Welsh dioceses. Most numerous of all are the letters of parliamentary abbots.
This second of two volumes presents the first printed edition of the documents, opening up a level of political activity and interaction which has hitherto been unexplored. It covers the years from the accession of Richard II until the end of the series under Henry VIII; it also includes an analysis of the proctors, and the indices to both volumes.

PHIL BRADFORD gained his PhD in medieval history from the University of York and is currently Vicar of St Michael's, Worcester; ALISON K. MCHARDY was formerly Reader in Medieval English History at the University of Nottingham. She has published extensively on the relations between crown and church in late-medieval England, and on the politics of Richard II's reign.

Table of Contents

Editorial Practice
Appendix 1: SC 10 appointments by secular peers
Appendix 2: Appointments in the Journals of the House of Lords, 1510-39
Appendix 3: Proxy appointments for February 1536 in the British Library
Appendix 4: Appointments of proctors in episcopal registers
Appendix 5: York Minster Library Ms 22
Appendix 6: Proctors of Peterborough Abbey
Appendix 7: Biographical details for proctors

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