Canterbury and York Society (Series) ; v. 107.
In the middle ages clergy of all ranks, from archbishops to parochial clergy, sent proctors to parliament, whether as representatives of constituency groups - diocesan clergy and cathedral chapters - or substitutes for those expected to attend in person. The National Archives series SC 10 contains 2,520 surviving letters of appointments by these parliamentarians, both groups and, more especially, individuals, cathedral deans, archdeacons, and many bishops; especially valuable are the letters sent by bishops whose registers have not survived, as in the case of Chichester and of the Welsh dioceses. Most numerous of all are the letters of parliamentary abbots. This volume presents the first printed edition of the documents, opening up a level of political activity and interaction which has hitherto been unexplored. The introduction describes the history of proctorial practice and the fortunes of this source, with an analysis of its contents, while the appendices contain ancillary and misfiled documents, and brief biographies of many of the proctors.--Front flap of jacket.
A calendar of the letters, with sample letters in an appendix.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note
Volume 1. c. 1248-1377.
BX5157 .P76 2017
Woodbridge, Suffolk : The Canterbury and York Society : The Boydell Press, 2017.