The new research here covers a number of aspects of the politics and culture of fourteenth-century England, including religious culture and institutions as illustrated in the cult of Thomas of Lancaster, preaching to women in the later fourteenth century, and in the Church's response to a royal fundraising campaign. There are detailed examinations of prominent and less prominent individuals - Bishop Thomas Hatfield, Agnes Maltravers, and Lord Thomas Despenser - together with investigations of broader policy issues, particularly the dispensation of justice in the reign of Richard II. Finally, the intersection of environmental, political, and economic issues is approached from two very different perspectives, the development of royal landscapes and of the late medieval coal industry.
Contributors: JOHN T. MCQUILLEN, AMANDA RICHARDSON, A. K. MCHARDY, CHRISTIAN D. LIDDY, J.S. BOTHWELL, BETH ALLISON BARR, DIANE MARTIN, HELEN LACEY, JOHN LELAND, MARTYN LAWRENCE, ULRIKE GRASSNICK, MARK ARVANIGIAN
J.S. HAMILTON is Professor and Chair of History at Baylor University.
Who was St Thomas of Lancaster?: New Manuscript Evidence - John McQuillen `Hedging, Ditching and Other Improper Occupations': Royal Landscapes and their Meaning under Edward II and Edward III - Mandy Richardson Paying for the Wedding: Edward III as Fundraiser, 1332-3 - The Politics of Privilege: Thomas Hatfield and the Palatinate of Durham, 1345-81 - Christian D Liddy Agners Maltravers [d. 1375] and Her Husband John [d. 1364]: Rebel Wives, Separate Lives, and Conjugal Visits in Later Medieval England - James Bothwell Gendering Pastoral Care: John Mirk and his Instructions for Parish Priests - Beth Alison Barr Prosecution of the Statutes of Provisors and Premunire in the King's Bench, 1377-1394 - Diane Martin `Mercy and truth Preserve the King': Richard II's use of the Royal Pardon in 1397 and 1398 - Helen Lacey Aliens in the Pardons of Richard II - John L. Leland `Too Flattering Sweet to be Substantial'? The Last Months of Thomas, Lord Despenser - Martyn Lawrence `O Prince, Desyre to Be Honorable': The Deposition of Richard II and Mirrors for Princes - Ulrike Grassnick Regional Politics, Landed Society and the coal Industry in North-east England, 1350-1430 - Mark Arvanigian