Clerical petitions 1350-1450 : a study of some aspects of the relations of crown and church in the later Middle Ages

John Howard Tillotson
The nature of medieval kingship ensured a constant stream of suitors seeking the royal grace and favour. By far the greatest fund of patronage in the realm lay in the hands of the crown, and the king was ultimately the source of justice in society. The petition was the channel by which subjects were able to reach the king's ear with their wrongs and requests. The development of the written petition in the thirteenth century...
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