Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Michael Prestwich
    Pages 1-10
  3. Michael Prestwich
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  4. Michael Prestwich
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  5. Michael Prestwich
    Pages 47-63
  6. Michael Prestwich
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  7. Michael Prestwich
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  10. Michael Prestwich
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  11. Michael Prestwich
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 150-177

About this book


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.


Bridget Riley Britain comment England French Great Britain history interpret journal Medieval Literature policy prehistory Scotland subject translation

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Prestwich
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DurhamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1990
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-41434-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20933-0
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