Political Society in Later Medieval England

Political Society in Later Medieval England

A Festschrift for Christine Carpenter

Edited by Benjamin Thompson, John Watts


Boydell Press



Essays on the connections between politics and society in the middle ages, showing their interdependence.
Christine Carpenter's influential work on late-medieval English society aspires to encompass a wide spectrum of human experience. Her vision of "total" history embeds the study of politics in a multi-dimensional social framework which ranges from mentalities and ideology to economy and geography. This collection of essays celebrates Professor Carpenter's achievement by drawing attention to the social underpinning of political culture; the articles reflect the range of her interests, chronologically from the thirteenth century to the sixteenth, and thematically from ideology and culture, through government and its officials, the nobility, gentry and yeomanry, the law and the church, to local society. The connection between centre and locality pervades the volume, as does the interplay of the ideological and cultural with the practical and material. The essays highlight both how ideas were moulded in political debate and action, and how their roots sprang from social pressures and interests. It also emphasises the wider cultural aspects of topics too-easily conceived as local and material.

Benjamin Thompson is Fellow and Tutor in History at Somerville College, Oxford; John Watts is Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Contributors: Jackson Armstrong, Caroline Burt, Tony Moore, Richard Partington, Ted Powell, Andrea Ruddick, Andrew Spencer, Benjamin Thompson, John Watts, Theron Westervelt, Jenny Wormald.


July 2015
1 black and white, 3 line illustrations
280 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783270309
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, HIS015000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - John L Watts
'If I do you wrong, who will do you right?'. Justice and Politics During the Personal Rule of Henry III - Tony K. Moore
The Coronation Oath in English Politics, 1272-1399 - Andrew Spencer
Local Government in Warwickshire and Worcestershire under Edward II - Caroline Burt
The Nature of Noble Service to Edward III - Richard J Partington
Local Politics and Ecclesiastical Patronage in Gentry Letters - Andrea Ruddick
Locality and Ecclesiastical Polity: the Late Medieval Church between Duality and Integration - Benjamin Thompson
Concepts of Kinship in Lancastrian Westmorland - Jackson Webster Armstrong
Body Politic and Body Corporate in the Fifteenth Century: the Case of the Duchy of Lancaster - Edward Powell
Manifestoes for Rebellion in Late Fifteenth-Century England - Theron Westervelt
'New Men', 'New Learning' and 'New Monarchy': Personnel and Policy in Royal Government, 1461-1529 - John L Watts
How Different it was in Scotland: Three Earls, a Football and a Ghost Story - Jenny Wormald
Christine Carpenter: List of publications
Tabula Gratulatoria


A stimulating volume that pays tribute to Carpenter's career as author and teacher. THE RICARDIAN