English Politics in the Thirteenth Century

Author(s): 
Prestwich, Michael
ISBN: 
0333414349
Date published: 
January 1990
Paperback
Price: 
£11.99
Pages: 
184

This book is an analytical study of English politics in the crucial period from John's reign to the Ordinance of 1311. It examines contemporary ideas about the nature of royal authority, and the attempts made to set limits on the crown. The nobility, is examined, as is the role of the church. The position of the gentry and the county community is assessed. Three specific issues are investigated, those of the position of foreigners at the court, military service, and taxation. The study concludes by examining of the concept of the community of the realm, and its relationship to parliament.