The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, 1275-1504

August 2012
472 pages
29.7x21 cm
ISBN: 9781843837664
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, POL010000

The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, 1275-1504

IV: Edward III. 1327-1348

Edited by Seymour Phillips, Mark Ormrod

A major contribution to the history of Parliament, to medieval English history, and to the study of the English constitution. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords, and, somewhat later, the commons. This volume covers the first ten years of the reign of Edward III. It begins with the parliament of 1327, during which Edward II was deposed, which was called in the name of Edward II but was treated as the first parliament of the reign of Edward III. In addition to the deposition and later murder of Edward II, this period was marked by other dramatic events: the rule of Roger Mortimer and Isabella, the former queen of Edward II; the trials in 1330 of Mortimer and his accomplices for the murder of Edward II; the renewal of war with Scotland and the path to war with France. All these are reflected directly or indirectly in the Parliament Rolls.
An introduction is provided to each of the Parliaments during this period, discussing the political context in which it was held; the purpose for which it was summoned; who was summoned; and analyzing the proceedings of the parliament both as recorded in the Parliament Rolls and in other sources, such as royal records and chronicles.

Seymour Phillips is Professor of History, University College Dublin; Mark Ormrod is Professor of History, University of York.
Keywords: Medieval History

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