List of Parliaments of England

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This is a list of Parliaments of England from the reign of King Henry III (when the Curia Regis developed into a body known as Parliament) until the creation of the Parliament of Great Britain in 1707.

For later parliaments, see the List of Parliaments of Great Britain. For the history of the English Parliament, see Parliament of England.

The Parliaments of England were traditionally referred to by the number counting forward from the start of the reign of a particular monarch, unless the Parliament was notable enough to come to be known by a particular title, such as the Good Parliament or the Parliament of Merton.

Parliaments of Henry III[edit]

No. Summoned Selected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Presiding Officer¹ Note
1st² 1 November 1236 n/a 1 January 1237 ... ? n/a Henry III commenced his reign on 19 October 1216. The first summons of parliamentum generalissimum in November 1236 for January 1237, was for 24 barons, known as a Special Writ formed Curia Regis (later House of Lords), but only 18 actually attended.[1] First parliamentum was a result of baronial revolt and an infant minority King in wardship. Rather than the celebrated Magna Carta, specifically, but more the Charters se presenting the law to the two houses. A Writ of Mandamus was sent to bishops, the Lords Spiritual, and Judges. Lord Chancellor was responsible for Summons, and later parliament for Writ of Patent (peer creation); Writs of Tenure were issued to royal officers, and in medieval parliaments to Sheriffs and Knights, latterly 'of the Shire' who had won their spurs, to come armed.[a] Burgesses were rarely summoned, e.g. when Edward I wanted extra funds. Statute of Merton was generally the first passed by an English 'parliament'.[2] The "whole body (universitas) knoweth not," denying the King 1/30th imposition.
2nd² 14 December 1241 n/a 27 January 1242 ... ? n/a The King's Writ summoned to appear at London on Wednesday before Candlemas Day. The Barons engaged one another by oath not to consent to give any money at all. They accused the Kings of "extortions" that were "wasted scandalously".[3]
3rd 1244 1244 ... ? n/a The King asked for "a pecuniary aid". The Barons wanted to be consulted about the "Proposal". The king refused the "Petition of the Nobles"; the king should choose counsellors by advice of the Committee of 12. The King's Treasury, thought the Great Council, should hear the Complaints of all Sufferers, and act with Aids for the common good.
4th 1246 n/a 1246 ... ? n/a Parliamentum generalissimum met at London to pass severe laws against robbery. They argued against the Pope's Peter-Pence that oppressed the kingdom.[4]
3rd ... n/a 3 February 1247 ... ? n/a Universitas meaning the 'whole of the clergy' were summoned to the Council in London.[5]Baronial Letters preserved by Matthew Paris showed fear of the Vatican Bulls and Interdicts.[6]
4th² ... n/a 23 January 1248 12 February 1248 ? n/a parliamentum met at London during Hilary term. Writs showed how Outlawry reached the Statute books; by holding it contract void, no one could be imprisoned without first a judgement in court. No Justiciar appointed, and no Chancellor for Henry to receive a long list of grievances. Henry claimed cum privilegio right to choose his own ministers. On 9 February, the King used church hierarchy to buttress power in colloquium with lay magnates to raise taxes.[7]
... n/a 1 March 1251 ? n/a a Parliament at London was called to try Henry de Batho, Chief Justice for treason.[8] Lord John Mansel had to quell the fury of the mob. de Batho was released on payment of 2,000 marks.
5th ... n/a 1 October 1252 ? n/a Michaelmas term at Westminster intercommuning (communiter) took place between church and lay magnates 1/10th of all the Goods of Clergy voted for three years to conformatio and deliberate the Charters. [9]
6th ... n/a 1 January 1253 ... ? n/a Met at Winchester. By April/May the Council/parliament voted 1/10th, and the King received Feudal aids for knighting his eldest son, The Lord Edward. Observance of writs of the Charters included an army muster at London.
7th² 11 February 1254 n/a 26 April 1254 ... ? n/a A parliament was called to Westminster after Easter. The royal letter and memorandum remains.[10]
8th² ... n/a 18 April 1255 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster and London, it demanded 1/10th tax, pecuniary aid, 'common counsel'; "advice and deliberation of the assembled realm." It was postponed until the Autumn 1255. John Stowe raised the principle of parliament by consent.[11]
9th ... n/a 1 October 1255 ... ? n/a a parliament met at London and lasted only a month.
10th ... n/a 2 April 1258 2 May 1258 ? n/a On 12 April Hugh de Lusignan occupies Westminster Hall with a body of armed men. Parliament met at London, but was adjourned on 5 May, to retire as a Council of Twenty-four to Oxford. Henry relied on his richest individual nobles, communitas regni to raise funds, for example, Earls of Derby and Salisbury.[12]
11th² 2 May 1258 n/a 11 June 1258 ... ? n/a Parliament met on St Barnabas Day. Committee of 24 met at Oxford on 12 June (but writs confused by 'doctored' records.).[13] There were 137 Knights among the nobles. First time a Justiciar of England, Hugh Bigod, was elected by parliament (22 June 1258). 20 Castellans were appointed. On 22 June a royal order for the election of a permanent council. On 26 June, a Council of 15 was chosen; 12 by writ, and 3 nominated by the King Henry III.[14][15][16] The Greater Council of nobles met in parliament at Michaelmas, Candlemas, and Midsummer. On 13 May, the king ordered Sheriffs of Yorkshire and Northumberland to attend the Edinburgh Parliament. The parliament in colloquium was called so Henry III could declare war on Llywelyn of Wales.[17]
12th² ... n/a 13 October 1258 ... ? n/a The Chronica maiora mentioned "a great and long parliament" at Westminster, on 6 October, for "the provisions (purveances) and Establishments (establissemnz)".[18] Sheriffs were appointed as Custodesto almost every shire; complaints could be made without fear of reprisal. They could claim court expenses for duties, respect all parties; and to refuse gifts. On 18 October, a proclamation made it a felony to oppose a Sheriff's jurisdiction.[19] On 20 October, it was declared that proclamations would be read pluries in anno throughout the year.[20]
13th ... n/a 27 October 1258 4 November 1258 ? Peter de Montfort The Parliament probably moved on towards Oxford on the Octave of Michaelmas. It is sometimes known as the Mad Parliament. Knights of the shire (representing counties) were the only commoners summoned. They were not required to be chosen by election. Between 1237 and 1258, the King was refused a Grant of Aid on nine occasions. Parliament already had a say on 80% of the revenues; only 20% went directly to the Exchequer.[21]
14th² ... n/a 3 February 1259 ... ? n/a Parliament met at Westminster on the morrow of Candlemas. Justices were called eight days before, to prepare a document called The Provisions of the Barons of England.[22] On 14 March, Lord Edward and Richard de Clare disputing The Welsh Marches forced to swear to observe the new treaty witnessed by Henry of Almain and The Earl Warenne.[23] And on 30 March, The Ordinances of the Magnates were published, two days after that in favour of lesser tenants. A peaceful compact was reached with the proctors of the clergy.[24]
15th² ... 24 May 1259 13 October 1259 ... ? n/a This parliament was held at Westminster. Its legislation was known as the 'Provisions of Westminster'.[25] There was a parliament in Midsummer, 1259 because all Ordinances had to be issued before 1 November, banning Writs precipe and baronial protection to lesser men; there were however many complaints, petitions, writs of entry, and specific querelae .[26] The free tenement had to be protected by the actions of novel disseisin.[27] The new legislative provisions were translated from French into Latin, enrolled in The Close Rolls after being read in the presence of the King at Westminster Hall. There may have been nine parliaments between 1258 and 1261.[28]
16th ... n/a Michaelmas 1259 14 November 1259 ? n/a Parliament was held at Westminster. "The Provisions of Oxford" was not a document: it was practical and temporary record that limited royal government. Drawn up by 24 barons independent of, and not by parliament.[29] On 24 October, the Provisions of Westminster were published.[30] Henry sailed with the sealed Writs on 14 November 1259, and so the parliamentary session ended.[31]
17th² 27 March 1260 n/a >30 April 1260 ... ? n/a Over 100 barons and tenants-in-chief were summoned to Westminster, by Special Writ while the King was in France. Citizens of London drafted complaints against Lord Edward and Earl of Leicester.
18th² ... n/a 8 July 1260 ... ? n/a The Hoketide parliament at Candlemas was cancelled to take the fight among the barons to Llywelyn. But one did finally meet at Westminster. On 20 July Roger Mortimer of Wigmore was blamed for the loss of the Castle of Builth, but he was absolved.[32]
19th² ... n/a 13 October 1260 ... ? n/a Parliament met at Westminster. In October, Hugh Bigod sought re-election as Justiciar (but electorate appears to have been 5 men only of the Council). The new Chancellor Nicholas of Ely and treasurer abbot of Peterborough, were men of the second rank noblesse de robe. It was moved in January 1261 to the Tower of London.
20th² ... n/a c.23 February 1261 ... ? n/a parliament met during Candlemas at Westminster.[33] The King acknowledged abolition of 7-year General Eyre by the provisions of Westminster, after Sheriffs had submitted capitula or heads of eyre to parliament and the 7 special Justices, commissars on the administrative provisions of October 1258. Royal bailiffs who 'deferring' justice could already be punished since June 1258.[34]
21st 11 December 1261 n/a 2 February 1262 ... ? n/a A parliament met at Westminster for Hilary term.[35] In March, the king tried to ask parliament to react to Pope Alexander IV's cancellation of Prince Edmund's grant to the Kingdom of Sicily; but parliament to Henry it was too late. The new mood was repentiam et novam bringing great change, baronial influence, that was not acceptable to the Pope.[36]
22nd n/a 1 October 1262 ... ? n/a parliament met at Michaelmas at Westminster. De Montfort and Pope demanded 'Provisions of Oxford' be upheld by the King. They were re-issued on 22 January 1263.
23rd² 17 August 1263 n/a 8 September 1263 >18 September 1263 ? n/a Called for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary at St Paul's. Provisions of Oxford were confirmed and promulgated.[37] Henry rejected proposal that Council should appoint royal officers of the household; Montfort was recognised as undisputed leader and steward. On 16 September, Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester was sent to the Tower for sedition.[38] Council had failed to distinguish between politics and dealing with the violent spoliatores; many went without redress. The Amendment of Provisions was dropped.[39]
24th² 18 September 1263 n/a 13 October 1263 30 October 1263 ? n/a Called for Michaelmas at Westminster. On 8 September, the provisum (provisions) were promulgated at St Paul's.[40] Government removed to Windsor, and the Lord Edward ordered parliament to break up on 30 October; it was the beginning of the end for De Montfort and the Provisions.[41]
25th ... n/a 1 March 1264 3 April 1264 ? n/a De Montfort at Northampton had defeated the royalists, while Henry held a parliament at Oxford. The bishops were present.[42][43] Montfort published the Ordinance (28 June 1264) of the Mise of Lewes which encompassed the principles of the Provisions. The triumvirate chose 9 councillors, three of whom would monitor the King's progress. The parliament probably broke up when Henry marched out in April with the dragon standard.[44] Montfort planned deposition, imprisonment and banishment for the King and royal princes.
25th 4 June 1264 n/a 22 June 1264 12 August 1264 ? n/a Summoned against the De Montfortians, the Provisioners versus 'the men of the shire'. They discussed the noble prisoners taken at Northampton; castellans and refugees, the Jews of London, and trade with the Continent. Elected knights of the shire were the only commoners summoned from about 20 constituencies. They were not required to be chosen by election.[45] Parliament/council faced a threatened French invasion.[46] The new Council of Nine was constituted forma regiminis drawn up by 28 June.[47] The Court moved to papal negotiations in Kent; Montfort drafted 'the Peace of Canterbury' on 14 August. The Council suffered, discord and alienation, whereas the Franciscans rallied to De Montfort after parliament broke up.[48]
26th 12 December 1264 1264/65 20 January 1265 15 February 1265 ? unknown Writs sent out from Worcester, this Parliament is sometimes known as Montfort's Parliament.[49] This is not the first Parliament to which representatives of cities and boroughs were summoned, as well as knights of the shires; burgesses were first summoned in 1204.[50] It is also the first Parliament to which the representatives were required to be chosen by election in a consultative role.[51] Parliament was still in session on 8 March.[52]
27th ... n/a March 1265 ... ? n/a a parliament met at Westminster, where the Charter of Liberties was confirmed, as was the fines of miskenning abolished. Nine bishops excommunicated transgressors of the Charters of liberties, forest, and the statutes passed by the De Montfortian parliaments. Enemies spread rumours of castellan alienation. Only the Marcher Lords stood in the way of total Montfortian victory. Oxford scholar, Thomas de Cantilupe, bishop of Worcester, was elected Lord Chancellor by the Council.[53] Montfort's Treaty of Pipton (19 June 1265) with Llewelyn, a codicil included the covenant forced on Henry III in parliament, to disinherit the Lord Edward and, seeking his own deposition on pain of its breach.[54]
28th² ... n/a 14 September 1265 ... ? n/a met at Winchester. First summons of Town burgesses to parliament. Young Simon de Montfort was declared an outlaw; his title of Earl of Leicester was forfeit, and granted to Prince Edmund on 20 October 1265 in a royal charter.
29th ... n/a 1 August 1266 ... ? n/a parliament called to Kenilworth. The Council declared the Kenilworth Dictum.
30th² 8 March 1267 n/a 9 February 1267 ... ? n/a Met at Bury St Edmunds to discuss investing the Isle of Ely held by Montfortian rebel John de Vescy. Efforts to restore lands to The Disinherited. At Lincoln in October, Papal Legate Ottobuono ordered the church to donate 1/20th tax to The Disinherited.[55]
31st n/a 1 November 1267 ... ? n/a The King met a parliament at Marlborough. The Statute of Marlborough (18 November 1267) guaranteed poor access to justice; compliance with Charter of Liberties; and baronial redemption payments for rebellion. Charter writs were granted for free. It also incorporated clauses protecting tenants in Provisions of Westminster.[56] Taxation Assessment of the North of England was completed; that included a Tallage of the towns and royal demesne attempting to raise more secular general aid.[57]
32nd n/a 1 April 1268 ... ? n/a parliament met at London. 26 Town representatives (or burgesses) are recorded.
33rd n/a 1 June 1268 ... ? n/a The royal family and nobles met with Ottobuono at Northampton "in a time of parliament".[58] 700 persons took the cross for a holy crusade from the legate.
34th² 20 September 1268 n/a 13 October 1268 ... 1 n/a Met in London at Michaelmas : the 45 royalists included 6 bishops and 3 earls elected by the five northern shires to "ordain and dispose" of the aid to the king. The bishops were considered 'lay fees' for the purposes of tax collection. The tax on personal property was the first on the laity since 1237.[59]
35th n/a 1 January 1269 ... ? n/a
36th n/a 1 April 1269 ... ? n/a
35th² 21 June 1269 n/a 24 June 1269 ... 1 n/a Lords and Commons (knights and burgesses) assembled at Westminster on the Octave or Feast of St John the Baptist, to watch consecration of body of Edward the Confessor at Westminster Abbey.[60]
36th n/a 13 October 1269 ... 1 n/a The Michaelmas (29 September) parliament met at Westminster for the Feast of St Edward the Confessor. St Edward the Confessor's relic bones moved on St Edward's Day, 13 October 1369 to a new ambulatory shrine.[61] Knights were appointed to assess and collect the tax.[62] The 1/20th was given by the communa but probably hung in suspense at the king's request.[63]
37th² 28 March 1270 n/a 27 April 1270 20 August 1270 ? n/a On second Tuesday after Easter a great Hoketide parliament met at Westminster, "nearly all the bishops, earls, barons, knights and free tenants of the whole of England."[64] Commons finally agreed with Lords to the 1/20th on moveables tax demanded on 12 May. On 13 May, nine bishops read Pope Innocent IV's bull confirming the Charter Liberties (1245). They republished the Great Charters of 1225, and those of Westminster Hall (1253). The King ordered enforcement of the restrictions upon Jewish bonds.[65] Violence broke out in the Hall among the Disinherited: John de Warenne attacked Alan la Zouche, who later died of his wounds.
38th² 24 May 1272 n/a c.>29 September 1272 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster, the last parliament of the reign.

Notes:

¹ The presiding officer of the House of Commons was initially known as the "Prolocutor" and sometimes as the Parlour, but the term most often used was "Speaker" and this became the title always used from the 1540s onwards.
² No commoners were summoned.

Parliaments of Edward I[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Presiding Officer¹ Note
1st 27 December 1274 1275 29 April 1275 19 June 1275 1 unknown Originally intended for 16 Feb, the quinzaine of Purification of the Blessed Mary, parliament was prorogued. For the first time since 1264–65 the representatives of the communities of the Realm are known to have been summoned to London a fortnight after the Close of Easter or Octave of Easter, which was one week after Easter Sunday. Parliament may have actually opened on 29 April or in the first week of May.[66] Edward I's first parliament enacted the Statute of Westminster. The session ended early because the King was ill. It was the first parliament in which burgesses were allowed to sit.
2nd 7 October 1275 1275 13 October 1275 5 November 1275 1 unknown Parliaments were granted in perpetuum. This one was probably held around Feast of St Luke the Evangelist (16 Oct). Almost every magnate attended; the knights of the shires only were summoned to this Parliament and not the burgesses met at Westminster on the 'Quinzaine of Michaelmas'.[67] The magna custuma of wool, wool-fells, and hides, and the Statute of Jewry.[68]
3rd² ... n/a 1 May 1276 3 June 1276 ? n/a Met at Westminster a Fortnight after Easter.
4th² 29 July 1276 n/a >29 September 1276 18 November 1276 1 unknown The King arrived at Westminster (11 Oct) a fortnight after Michaelmas. But on 15 November the Close Rolls were published. The Statute of Ragman was passed de justiciariis assignatis and was preceded in the same session by statute de Bigamis. Parliament was probably over when the King left on 18 November.
5th ... n/a 1 May 1277 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster.
6th² ... n/a 1 May 1278 ... ? n/a Met at Gloucester "Three Weeks after Easter".[69]
7th² ... n/a 8 July 1278 ... 1 n/a Met at Westminster. 61 petitions were submitted against royal officials in the localities. The phrase "the whole community of the realm" implies parliament has the right to raise taxation.
8th ... n/a 1 August 1278 ... 1 n/a parliament met at Gloucester. Statute of quo warranto proceedings was issued on the terms of Treaty of Conway against the Welsh Prince Llywelyn.[70][71]
9th² ... n/a 29 September 1278 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster.
10th² ... n/a c.16 April 1279 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster after Easter. Statute of Mortmain ordered by the King to prevent land grants to the Church.
11th² ... n/a c.20 October 1279 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster, they passed the important Statute of Religious Men.[72][73] Llywelyn mounts criminal defence at parliament with his proctors [attorneys].[74]
12th² ... n/a c.12 May 1280 ... 1 n/a Met at Westminster after Easter. The King denied using Writs of Prohibition on Grievances to prevent the collection of Tithes on the new mills. Llywelyn appealed to King's own 'statutes' in common law under Treaty of Conway. The prince said the raid on Meririonydd was "contrary to the peace and the king's statutes."[75] Llywelyn tried under law of Hywel Dda.[76]
13th² 10 June 1280 n/a c.>29 September 1280 ... 1 n/a Met at Westminster, "under the seal of our Justiciar of Ireland".[77]
14th² ... n/a c.11 May 1281 ... 1 n/a met at Westminster "a month after Easter."[78]
15th² ... n/a c.>29 September 1281 ... ? n/a
16th 30 May 1282 n/a 30 September 1282 10 November 1282 ? n/a The king summoned the nobility during May from Acton Burnell Manor.[79] This parliament met at Shrewsbury. 10 earls and 100 barons were summoned using the military lists. Parliament was forced to move to Robert Burnell's estate at Acton Burnell. Edward returned during October and November to enact legislation, including the Statute of Acton Burnel begins work on the issue of debts and debtors.[80]
17th 26 June 1283 n/a 30 September 1283 ... ? n/a summoned by King Edward I at Rhuddlan Castle. 110 barons and 74 knights were called to Shrewsbury, but there was no room in the town, so they decamped 8 miles away to Acton Burnell, home of the Archdeacon of York, Robert Burnell, the new Lord Chancellor of England, and later Bishop of Bath and Wells. On 19 March, Edward issued great Statute of Wales...And we wish those laws and customs to be kept and observed in perpetuity in our lands in those parts...."[81][82]
18th ... n/a December 1284 ... ? n/a held at Bristol.
19th² ... n/a 4 May 1285 ... ? n/a Parliament met at Westminster. Second Statute of Westminster, 1285 and the Statute of Merchants.
20th ... n/a Michaelmas 1285 ... ? n/a It was held at Winchester and known as the 'Great Council'. The Statute of Winchester began formalizing the criminal law. The Statute of Merchants recognised the problem of tackling debts. Lord Mayors to hear creditor cases; formulation of the scheme. royal writs made Statute of Gloucester, Statute of Mortmain, and Statute of Westminster applicable to governing law of Ireland.
21st² ... n/a c.>14 April 1286 ... ? n/a
22nd² ... n/a c.24 April 1286 ... ? n/a was held at London.
23rd² ... n/a February 1289 ... ? n/a A parliament was summoned in London but never took place.
24th² ... n/a >13 January 1290 ... ? n/a was held at Westminster
25th Easter 1290 1290 23 April 1290 16 July 1290 ? unknown Knights only summoned 13–14 June 1290. Assembled 23 April 1290 Lords and 15 July 1290 Commons. After this Parliament it became fairly usual for the representatives of the counties, cities and boroughs to be summoned to attend Parliament and from 1320 they were always included.
26th ... 1290 11 October 1290 11 November 1290 1 A parliament was held at Clipstone, Nottinghamshire by King Edward in Sherwood Forest; it was the third that year. This royal manor had a hunting lodge, houses, chapel, mill, pool and park. on 25 October the magnates granted a tax of 1/15th on moveables, and Edward agreed Pope Honourius IV's plan to go on crusade to the Holy Land, because he had taken the cross at Blanquefort.[83]
27th ... 1290/91 7 January 1291 24 January 1291 1 The King held parliament at Ashridge Palace, near the royal Berkhamsted Castle on Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire boundary. 20 clerks (13 were priests) from the new college served the parliament, known as The Good Men of Ashridge. King saw justice was done in some difficult cases and one "there had never been the like."[84]
28th ... ? 1 October 1291 ... ? It met at Abergavenny. State Trials of traitors in the Welsh Wars.[85] One of the 'exceptions' was the punitive fine of £10,000 marks on Gilbert, Earl of Gloucester, and 1,000 marks on Earl of Hereford. Gloucester challenged the King with Writ of scire facias, which was allowed on technical arguments. Edward said he "..had a much more arduous record excelling all his ministers...". But the writ was quashed by the inhibition proclamation (1290). Gloucester was forced to pay the crippling charge.[86]
29th 6 May 1291 1291/92 8 January 1292 ... 7 unknown Parliament met that summer on the green, on the banks of the river and in the king's chamber of Norham Castle, Northumberland, in the Palatinate of the Prince-bishop of Durham.[87] Most of the nobility was present both spiritual and temporal "a certain other prelates, earls, barons, magnates, nobles and commoners (populares)". The issue during June was suzerainty over Scotland. They discussed the civil war between Balliol and Bruce.
30th² Jan 1292 n/a 2 June 1292 ... ? n/a This Parliament included Scottish members; met at Westminster.
31st² ... n/a 13 October 1292 17 November 1292 1 n/a This Parliament at Westminster included Scottish members, who discussed Balliol's claim, upon which the king's representative, Roger Brabazon decided. On 20 November, Balliol swore fealty to King Edward I.
32nd ... ?1293 >29 March 1293 ... ? unknown parliament met at Easter.
33rd ... 1293 13 October 1293 ... ? unknown Met at Westminster.
34th ... 1293 12 September 1294 ... ? unknown Florence of Worcester called it a parliamentum on 21 September.[88]
35th ... 12 November 1294 ... ? The parliament met at Westminster, but the town burgesses were not present.[89]
36th² 24 June 1295 n/a 16 August 1295 ... ? n/a 53 barons were summoned.
37th 30 September 1295 1295 27 November 1295 4 December 1295 ? unknown Model Parliament summoned 41 barons on 30 September 1 and 3 October 1295; and a maximum of 62 'white Abbots' and 37 'black Abbots', by mainly Frankalmoign. This is the traditional start of the regular participation of the Commons in Parliament summoned Praemunientes, "in place of the communities of the counties." Sheriffs only sent representatives from towns and shires, and not the lower clergy.[90]
38th 26 August 1296 1296 3 November 1296 29 November 1296 ? unknown held at Berwick-upon-Tweed.[91]
39th² 26 January 1297 n/a 24 February 1297 ... ? n/a Met at Salisbury was dominated by Roger Bigod, Justiciar of England and Marshall of the King's Army; and Humphrey de Bohun, Constable of England.
40th² 8 May 1297 n/a 8 June 1297 ... ? n/a Met at Westminster. The King addressed the public in person outside Westminster Hall. (the rebel earls called a parallel parliament at Northampton).
41st 20 August 1297 1297 15 September 1297 14 October 1297 ? unknown Summoned by the King to meet in his absence, after 24 August, when the Lords presented the Monstraunces. Those not on the expedition arrived at different times on 30 September 1297 (peers) and 6 October 1297 (knights of the shire) for a total of 170. Another 56 writs were despatched on 28 August.[92] Assembled 9 October 1297 Lords and 15 October 1297 Commons met in London. Earl of Norfolk's party held their own rival parliament at Northampton.[93] The King issued a pardon to Norfolk and Hereford.[94][b]
42nd 14 October 1297 14 January 1298 ... ? unknown Met in York granted the King a 1/5th tax for his army in Flanders "because they were nearer the danger."[95][96] Scottish peers were summoned by failed to appear. Another muster was called to York for 25 May "colloquium et tractatus with the earls, barons, and proceres regni of our realm."
43rd 10 April 1298 1298 25 May 1298 ... ? unknown Summoned 10, 11 and 13 April 1298, parliament met at York. On 10 April knights and burgesses also summoned. Edward intended it to confirm victory in Scotland.[97]
44th² 6 February 1299 n/a 8 March 1299 ... ? n/a Summoned to Westminster; recess in April for perambulation of the forest; parliament reconvened that May. Sittings sent east for safety to Stepney, Essex.[98]
45th² 10 April 1299 n/a 3 May 1299 ... ? n/a July 1297, The Earls draft Remonstrances, being complaints against the King. They present De Tallagio a principle opposition against raising arbitrary taxation. Confirmatio Cartarum requires the King to reaffirm the promises made in Magna Carta.
46th² 21 September 1299 n/a 18 October 1299 ... ? n/a 10 English earls, Scots earls of Angus and Dunbar, and 97 barons were summoned to York, to muster for knights service against the Scots.[99]
47th 29 December 1299 1299/00 6 March 1300 20 March 1300 30 April 1300 unknown 11 earls, 99 barons, 38 judges and officials, all the archbishops and bishops, and praemunientes (representatives) of the lower clergy met at Westminster. Writs were also sent to about 60 abbots, the Gilbertines, Templars, Hospitallers, knights of shire, and burgesses were also summoned. On 28 March Charters were confirmed. Edward granted 20 Articles known as articuli super cartas; in return 1/20th was granted.[100]
48th 26 September 1300 1300/01 20 January 1301 30 February 1301 n/a Roger Brabazon Edward advised Canterbury that parliament must consider the Papal Bull.[101] Met in Lincoln. Dissolved 27–30 January 1301. Nadir of Edward I's reign. Parliament was held at Lincoln. 17 abbots drew exempt certificates. 9 earls, 80 barons, 23 judges and court officials. The Commons were the same as summoned in previous parliament minus the deceased. Perambulation reports were submitted for Charter of Forests, in 22 constituencies where representatives were paid expenses.[102] Earl of Lincoln was sent on embassy to Rome. Brabazon was appointed 'spokesman of the King'. Without "disinheriting the Crown ...a bill of the prelates and magnates presented to the King on behalf of the whole community in the parliament at Lincoln."[103] A 1/15th tax was granted. on 30 January the Commons were dismissed.
49th² 2 June 1302 n/a 1 July 1302 ... ? n/a King Edward I held the parliament at Kilkenny, Ireland. All the bishops, earls, 44 abbots, and 83 barons were summoned.[104]
50th 14 July 1302 1302 29 September 1302 21 October 1302 ? unknown All usual parliaments were summoned 14, 20 and 24 July 1302, except the lower clergy. Met in London. On 7 November the King's writ demanded feudal aid uncollected from 1290.[105]
51st 25 June 1303 ... ? n/a 42 representatives from London and other towns joined the Lords at York. They agreed to an increase in the Levy on Wool and the Customs Duties.[106] On 21 March Lords were prorogued by the King; but parliament was still in session on 6 April.
52nd 12 November 1304 1304/05 28 February 1305 20 March 1305 ? unknown Edward demanded taxation for his war in Scotland, "...the king of his grace would command that they should have their scutages as the king and his council shall ordain...and others who owe the king service on Knights fees. Edward petitioned the Lords to grant Tallage.[107] Nicholas de Segrave was tried in Lords "charged upon their homage, fealty and allegiance, to advise him faithfully what he should be the penalty" for cowardice. Segrave humbly begged forgiveness admitting guilt. The penalty was death, which was commuted to imprisonment, 8 barons were soon released on recognizances. 3 "discreet men" were among the knights summoned were royal officials of Exchequer. Parliament was held at York House, now Whitehall.
53rd² 26 March 1305 n/a 15 July 1305 15 September 1305 ? unknown met at London. After several prorogations the king arrived on 24 September. They discussed "an ordinance for the settlement of Scotland."[108]
54th 5 April 1306 1306 30 May 1306 30 May 1306 ? unknown Assembled at Westminster a week after Whit Sunday. A full parliament met and dissolved 30 May 1306. 4 abbesses were summoned. Parliament was expected to grant a feudal aid; and a normal tax on movables was granted. "Citizens and burgesses and communities of all the cities and boroughs of the realm and the tenants of our demesne." The Commons voted 1/20th. There were two proxy summons.[109]
55th 3 November 1306 1306/07 20 January 1307 31 March 1307 ? unknown Writs sent from Lanercost Priory. Parliament met in Carlisle to "treat of the ordering and settling of the land of Scotland...and the state of his kingdom."[110] Bishop of Winchester was excused long distance to travel. A full parliament was writ including 2 knights of shire and 2 burgesses from every city and borough.[111] Deemed dissolved when writs de expensis were issued 20 January 1307 (burgesses only), and 19 March 1307 (knights only). On 20 March the Statute of Carlisle was sealed.

Notes:

¹ The presiding officer of the House of Commons was initially known as the "Prolocutor" and sometimes as the Parlour, but the term most often used was "Speaker" and this became the title always used from the 1540s onwards.
² No commoners were summoned.

Parliaments of Edward II[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Presiding Officer¹ Note
1st 26 August 1307 1307 13 October 1307 16 October 1307 ? unknown met at Northampton. Statute of Winchester was finally sent to Ireland.[112]
2nd 19 January 1308 1308 3 March 1308 ... ? unknown 25 February 1308, Edward II was crowned unlawfully by bishop of Winchester during Parliamentary sitting, in absence of Archbishop of Canterbury. Nobles signed a secret agreement at Boulogne to work together; it immediately challenges royal authority. Baronial coercion of the King was treason, punishable by death; a recension of the Ordo of the coronation oath.
3rd² 19 January 1308 n/a 3 March 1308 ... ? n/a Elder statesman Earl of Lincoln drafts document declaring allegiance is owed to the Crown, and not ad personam the King. Prorogued to quindene 28 April 1308. The earl's Homage et serment was a tirade against Piero Gaveston, the king's friend. Archbishop Winchelsey excommunicated Gaveston: he disinherits and impoverishes the Crown.[113]
4th² 16 August 1308 n/a 20 October 1308 ... ? n/a
5th 4 March 1309 1309 27 April 1309 13 May 1309 ? unknown "The Community of the Realm" met at Westminster. A new list of 81 baronial names drawn up for the Lords. There were deep grievances against the Articles about illegal courts and misuse of writs, but quite how this was the sole concern of Knights and Burgesses, historians have never discovered, since they may have been drawn up as petitions "by a combination of knights, burgesses, and magnates."[114]
6th² 11 June 1309 n/a 27 July 1309 ... ? n/a The Stamford assembly summoned the lay barons and higher clergy. On 20 August, the King issued the Statute of Stamford. Writs were issued for the 1/25th tax to be collected, but Gloucester, Lincoln and Cornwall petition the king. Gloucester assisted the King in mediating life earldom of Cornwall for Gaveston with House of Lords.[115]Lincoln persuaded Warenne to accept Gaveston's peerage.[116]
7th² 26 October 1309 n/a 8 February 1310 12 April 1310 ? n/a Parliament that met at Westminster was served with petition against the disinheritance and dishonour of the King and his power. Preamble warned against the squandering of it. 1/20th was awarded for war with Scots.[117]
8th 16 June 1311 1311 8 August 1311 18 December 1311 ? unknown Met in London. The New Ordinances were drafted and completed within time allotted of 18 months. Preliminary Ordinances included maintenance of church franchisees, ordered observance of Magna Carta. Three substantive clauses tackled the King's debts. Customs dues were reserved for natives, and delivered to the Exchequer. Clause 34 and 38 regulated unfairness in courts. On 5 October, the King signed all the clauses into law. Ordinances were a short-lived victory for Lancaster.[118]
9th 3 June 1312 1312 20 August 1312 16 December 1312 2 unknown Originally to meet on 23 July, but delayed for a month when it met at Westminster. Although prohibited (4 Aug.) to bear arms, magnates marched on 16 August towards London. Anti-pope's two envoys invited to attend. French clerks drafted Edward's objections to Ordinances based on legal precedents in the Mise of Amiens (1264). Prima Tractation as Pacem Confirmandam and the Rationes Baronum were signed in the Cardinal's room in London on 20 December 1312.[119] On the last day the king imposed a Tallage of 1/10th and 1/15th on movables, although collection of revenue payments was very slow.
10th 8 January 1313 1313 18 March 1313 9 May 1313 ? unknown The King, who was at Windsor, feigned illness. The magnates failed to appear in person.[120]
11th 23 May 1313 1313 8 July 1313 27 July 1313 ? unknown Abortive parliament was summoned but did not sit.
12th 26 July 1313 1313 23 September 1313 15 November 1313 2 unknown Taxation granted due to be collected by 24 June 1314. Edward II issued writ of summons to meet on 21 April 1314, intended to discuss Scotland further. The Parliament was not held in the end, Edward cancelled it on 24 March.
13th 29 July 1314 1314 9 September 1314 27/28 September 1314 ? unknown 88 Lay Magnates summoned to attend the Lords. Grant of 1/15th was made. Clerical 1/10th sent for urgently to pay for war in Scotland.
14th 24 October 1314 1314/15 20 January 1315 9 March 1315 ? unknown met at Lincoln, parliament heard a list of Grievances. An historical list of complaints about the clergy, Articuli Cleri, was presented. Grants of land to the church were prohibited by Mortmain. On 4 December, Exchequer required to list all gifts and grants contrary to ordinances. 12 northern Lords excused.
15th 16 October 1315 1315/16 27 January 1316 20 February 1316 ? unknown The summons was Italic Parliament of 1316 delayed 5 months before it finally met in Lincoln.[121] Full parliament did not get underway until Thomas, Earl of Lancaster arrived on 12 February 1316.[122] Lancaster was interrogated, pardonned, and the petition was heard. Exemptions were granted to six abbots.
16th 1317 ? unknown The Lincoln Parliament witnessed King's clash with rebellious barons led by Lancaster, who was summoned but never showed up.
17th 27 January 1318 n/a In theory Parliament was summoned to Lincoln, but it was twice postponed on 12 March and 26 June. The writs were abandoned, probably because of the Scots invasion. Earls of Lancaster and Warenne were in a feud. On 8 June, Lancaster demanded all his lands in Yorkshire and north Wales must be returned by reversion.
18th n/a 12 April 1318 ? unknown The parliament met at Leicester on the Wednesday before Palm Sunday. It was a "parliament" in a technical sense because the King was not present. The archbishop, 5 bishops, 3 earls, and 28 barons attended. The two Despensers and 200 armed knights were to be retained by Lancaster for life. Lancaster and the earls wanted the king to accept the "Ordinances" safeguarding their lands and estates. Pembroke and Hereford were sympathetic to Lancaster; the other magnates were Curialists. On 8 June, the King yielded to approving in principle to the Leicester Agreement. The commission's articles of Ordinance was not repealed; but there was no prohibition of others save by Barons consent in parliament. Lancaster made usual complaints about "evil counsellors".
19th 24–25 August 1318 1318 20 October 1318 9 December 1318 ? unknown Parliament convened at York on 15 august 1318, the archbishop excommunicated Robert the Bruce for capture of Norham Castle and garrison. It aimed to implement the Treaty of Leake where the "conciliar system" was tested by Lancaster, so that it did not embarrass the king. Bishops in Middle Party wanted peace above all else. Lancaster finally turned up to answer charges against him: was acquitted, if he dropped the mitigation claims. On 16 November, per concilium Middle Party replaced Hereford and Pembroke's candidate Walwayn as Treasurer after only 5 months in office. On 6 December, Ordinance of York became the Statute of York, Treasurer Northburgh was sent to London to treat with the Curia Regis "de statu hospicii."[123] Lancaster was paid for 'debts' owed for king's service.[124]
20th 20 March 1319 1319 6 May 1319 25 May 1319 1 unknown Parliament met at York. On 10 June, parliament ordered the muster at Newcastle. Lancaster assumed the Stewardship and brought an armed retinue to York. Lancaster relied on the stewardship being hereditary.
21st² 6 November 1319 n/a 20 January 1320 ... ? n/a Parliament summoned to York confined to clergy and baronage; it did not have the authority to call a truce with the Scots. In cameris the Lords met locus occultus - in secret chambers without the Commons. But 2 archbishops, 16 bishops, 30 Abbots and Priors, 9 earls, 98 barons, judges, knights, or burgesses.
22nd 5 August 1320 1320 6 October 1320 25/26 October 1320 ? unknown The king's character was very much under keen scrutiny. The archbishop, 17 suffragans, earls, barons, and lords were present. Edward II was highly praised by Cardinal Vitale Dufour, the papal legate.
23rd 15 May 1321 1321 15 July 1321 22 August 1321 ? unknown Known as the Parliament of Whitebands, only 38 barons were summoned, after the Lancastrians defeat. A new baronial list included 8 new names: Hereford had converted to Lancaster's side. Tract of the Office of the Steward was a process against the Despensers, and attempt to remove evil counsellors over the head of the king.
24th 14 March 1322 1322 2 May 1322 19 May 1322 ? unknown The Convocation was assembled by the Archbishop while the king insisted all clergy should attend.[125] It was "an astonishing sight and sound", thought the Abbot of Peterborough, since Edward's summons had "caused great offence."[126]
25th 18 September 1322 1322 14 November 1322 29 November 1322 ? unknown Met in York.
26th 20 November 1323 1323/24 23 February 1324 18 March 1324 ? unknown 49 barons were summoned, but parliament at Westminster was substituted and Colloquium abandoned.
27th 6 May 1325 1325 25 June 1325 ... ? unknown Only MPs for the Cinque Ports were summoned with the 50 barons. The parliament that met in London was twice prorogued.
28th 10 October 1325 1325 18 November 1325 5 December 1325 ? unknown The last parliament that accepted the Knight representatives of the King Edward II's Seal.[127] Owing to the war with France only 38 barons were able to attend. Parliament ordered the confiscation of Queen Isabella's estates, after she had escaped her guardian to flee to France.
29th 14 December 1326 1326/27 7 January 1327 ... ? William Trussell This Westminster Parliament continued after the deposition of the King on 13 January (Feast of St Hilary), included 46 barons of whom only 26 had sat in 1325, as well as 20 Magnates and 19 Abbots and Priors.[128] It was the first parliament in which members were paid to sit. According to the Lichfield Chronicler it was not technically a parliament without the king's presence. On 24 January, Roger Mortimer reported the king's abdication to parliament. The next day (25th) parliament sat in stunned silence as a deputation that included Henry of Lancaster read out the abdication notice. On 26th January Edward III was acclaimed king for a second time. Edward was crowned by parliament on 1 February 1327. Some historians believe Forma Deposicionis took place in parliamento.[129]

Notes:

¹ The presiding officer of the House of Commons was initially known as the "Prolocutor" and sometimes as the Parlour, but the term most often used was "Speaker" and this became the title always used from the 1540s onwards.
² No commoners were summoned.

Parliaments of Edward III[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Presiding Officer¹ Note
1st ... ... ... 9 March 1327 ? William Trussell Continued from the last reign.
2nd 7 August 1327 1327 15 September 1327 23 September 1327 ? William Trussell Westminster was very poorly attended, absentees cited war with the Scots.
3rd 10 December 1327 1327/28 7 February 1328 5 March 1328 ? unknown Met at Lincoln. 'The Great Council' that met at Winchester also included some of the Commons summoned as well as the Lords, as a continuation of Edward II's parliaments.[130]
4th 5 March 1328 1328 24 April 1328 14 May 1328 ? unknown Met at Northampton, and moved on to Council at York (July 1328).[131]
5th 28 August 1328 1328 16 October 1328 22 February 1329 1 unknown May have met at Salisbury, The Justice Eyre (of 1294) was revived and adjourned to Westminster for February 1329. Escaping execution for treason, Lancaster was fined Cognizance of £10,000, but it was never paid. Lancaster's insistence upon upholding Ordinances brought England to the brink of civil war.
6th 25 January 1330 1330 11 March 1330 21 March 1330 ? unknown Met at York.
7th 23 October 1330 1330 26 November 1330 9 December 1330 ? unknown Met at New Sarum (Salisbury).
8th 16 July 1331 1331 30 September 1331 9 October 1331 ? unknown Parliament met at Westminster where a violent quarrel broke out between Lords Zouche and Grey; Zouche was wounded and both bound over to keep the peace. But Grey was pardoned by the magnates.[132]
9th 27 January 1332 1332 16 March 1332 21 March 1332 ? Henry de Beaumont Met at Winchester. A list of 31 abbots and priors was added to Parliaments of 1330s. Writs of Praemunientes were sent to the bishops and Mandamus to the two archbishops.[133] The Proctors of Clergy (31 abbots and priors) attended.
10th 20 July 1332 1332 9 September 1332 12 September 1332 ? Sir Geoffrey le Scrope met at Westminster, the king abandoned the Tallage of 1/14th of movables and 1/9th of revenues. The King wanted to hear petitions in the North, and to deal with the Scots. On 12 September expenses were ordered paid to knights of shire. Citizens and burgesses granted 1/10th on movables.[134] John Darcy was appointed Justiciar of Ireland (1332-7) and dropped from the baronial lists in parliament.[135]
11th 20 October 1332 1332 4 December 1332 27 January 1333 2 unknown Geoffrey Scrope, Chief Justice acted as the 'King's spokesman' in Commons. Prelates and lay barons deliberated together in one chamber for first recorded occasion. The Lords were ordered to collect Feudal aid for expenses of the King's daughter's wedding.[136]
12th 2 January 1334 1334 21 February 1334 2 March 1334 ? unknown ...
13th 24 July 1334 1334 19 September 1334 23 September 1334 ? unknown Met at York. Another 1/15th and 1/10th was granted.
14th 1 April 1335 1335 26 May 1335 3 June 1335 ? unknown Met at York.
15th 22 January 1336 1336 11 March 1336 20 March 1336 ? unknown Met at York.
16th 29 November 1336 1336/37 3 March 1337 c.16 March 1337 ? unknown ...
17th 20 December 1337 1337/38 3 February 1338 14 February 1338 ? unknown Met at Northampton.
18th 15 November 1338 1338/39 3 February 1339 17 February 1339 ? unknown ...
19th 25 August 1339 1339 13 October 1339 c.3 November 1339 ? unknown Met at Northampton.
20th 16 November 1339 1339/40 20 January 1340 19 February 1340 1 William Trussell Commons agreed to make a grant to the king but not without first consulting their constituents. The King wanted to go to war, and so had asked Lords to pressurise the Commons en chargeaunce manere.[137]
21st 21 February 1340 1340 29 March 1340 10 May 1340 1 William Trussell ...
22nd 30 May 1340 1340 12 July 1340 26 July 1340 ? William Trussell the Grandees consulted with chivalers des countees (knights of the shire) and marchandz in the Commons to raise a loan on Wool staples.[138]
23rd 3 March 1341 1341 23 April 1341 27–28 May 1341 ? unknown ...
24th 24 February 1343 1343 28 April 1343 20 May 1343 ? William Trussell ...
25th 20 April 1344 1344 7 June 1344 28 June 1344 ? unknown ...
26th 30 July 1346 1346 11 September 1346 20 September 1346 ? unknown Instrument that drew up taxes was usually Indenture by "the Commons with the assent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal" until 1399 when the Commons became more independent on the usurpation with Parliament's consent.[139]
27th 13 November 1347 1347/48 14 January 1348 12 February 1348 ? William de Thorpe 21 bishops and 30 lay magnates met on the baronial lists. 4 new bannerets were "new men" made from knights.
28th 14 February 1348 1348 31 March 1348 13 April 1348 ? William de Thorpe The same baronial list was summoned. Another parliament was planned for January 1349, but was cancelled.[140]No parliament was held in 1349 due to bubonic and pneumonic plague.
29th 25 November 1350 1350/51 9 February 1351 1 March 1351 ? William de Shareshull ...
30th 15 November 1351 1351/52 13 January 1352 11 February 1352 ? William de Shareshull ...
31st 15 March 1354 1354 28 April 1354 20 May 1354 ? unknown ...
32nd 20 September 1355 1355 23 November 1355 30 November 1355 ? unknown ...
33rd 15 February 1357 1357 17 April 1357 8–16 May 1357 ? unknown ...
34th 15 December 1357 1357/58 5 February 1358 27 February 1358 ? unknown 7 bishops 6 abbots, 2 priors, a dean, 7 earls, 4 judges, and 68 barons made up the House of Lords to a total of 101. They helped negotiate the Treaty of Calais (1360).
35th 3 April 1360 1360 15 May 1360 ... ? unknown ...
36th 20 November 1360 1360/61 24 January 1361 18 February 1361 ? unknown ...
37th 14 August 1362 1362 13 October 1362 17 November 1362 ? Sir Henry Green ...
38th 1 June 1363 1363 6 October 1363 30 October 1363 ? unknown ...
39th 4 December 1364 1364/65 20 January 1365 17 February 1365 ? unknown ...
40th 20 January 1366 1366 4 May 1366 11 May 1366 ? unknown ...
41st 24 February 1368 1368 1 May 1368 21 May 1368 ? unknown ...
42nd 6 April 1369 1369 3 June 1369 11 June 1369 ? unknown ...
43rd 8 January 1371 1371 24 February 1371 29 March 1371 ? unknown ...
44th 1 September 1372 1372 3 November 1372 24 November 1372 ? unknown ...
45th 4 October 1373 1373 21 November 1373 10 December 1373 ? unknown Lords met in the White Chamber, Commons met in the Painted Chamber. Intercommuning took place in the Lord Chamberlain's Chambers.
46th 28 December 1375 1375/76 28 April 1376 10 July 1376 ? Sir Peter de la Mare Known as the Good Parliament. Met at Westminster in the Painted Chamber "the commons, together and with one accord assembled, came before the king, prelates, and lords in the parliament chamber" known for the first time as "the house of parliament."[141] Intercommuning took place by Commons invitation asked for a deputation of Lords to discuss the Chancellor's opening speech on 2 May.[142]
47th 1 December 1376 1376/77 27 January 1377 2 March 1377 ? Sir Thomas Hungerford² Known as the Bad Parliament.[143]

Notes:

¹ The presiding officer of the House of Commons was initially known as the "Prolocutor" and sometimes as the Parlour, but the term most often used was "Speaker" and this became the title always used from the 1540s onwards.
² Hungerford was the first presiding officer of the Commons to be recorded as having the title of Speaker.

Parliaments of Richard II[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 4 August 1377 1377 13 October 1377 5 December 1377 ? Sir Peter de la Mare ...
2nd 3 September 1378 1378 20 October 1378 16 November 1378 ? Sir James Pickering Met at Gloucester. First occasion of a Speaker's 'Protestation'.
3rd 16 February 1379 1379 24 April 1379 27 May 1379 ? unknown ...
4th 20 October 1379 1379/80 16 January 1380 3 March 1380 ? Sir John Guildesborough ...
5th 26 August 1380 1380 5 November 1380 6 December 1380 ? Sir John Guildesborough met at Northampton. Commons worked closely with the Lords to produce Poll Tax at 3 Groats per head: one-third was found by the Clergy; but Commons rate was lower than 5 groats demanded by the Lords proving their authority over Taxation.[144]
6th 16 July 1381 1381 3 November 1381 25 February 1382 ? Sir Richard Waldegrave ...
7th 24 March 1382 1382 7 May 1382 22 May 1382 ... Sir Richard Waldegrave met at Westminster.
8th 9 August 1382 1382 6 October 1382 24 October 1382 ? Sir Richard Waldegrave ...
9th 7 January 1383 1383 23 February 1383 10 March 1383 ? Sir James Pickering ...
10th 20 August 1383 1383 26 October 1383 26 November 1383 ? Sir James Pickering ...
11th 3 March 1384 1384 29 April 1384 27 May 1384 ? Sir James Pickering This session was held at Salisbury in the bishop's palace. A delegation of 3 bishops, 3 earls, 3 barons, and 3 royal brothers were intercommuning with the Commons assembled. The noisy, more numerous Commons visited the Lords' chamber.
12th 28 September 1384 1384 12 November 1384 14 December 1384 ? Sir James Pickering ...
13th 3 September 1385 1385 20 October 1385 6 December 1385 ? Sir James Pickering ...
14th 8 August 1386 1386 1 October 1386 28 November 1386 1 Sir James Pickering Known as the Wonderful Parliament.
15th 17 December 1387 1387/88 3 February 1388 4 June 1388 2 Sir James Pickering Known as the Merciless Parliament or the Miraculous Parliament.
16th 28 July 1388 1388 9 September 1388 17 October 1388 1 Sir James Pickering 92 Knights and Burgesses joined 54 returners from the Merciless Parliament when they met at Cambridge; but 104 were newcomers. A majority of the leaders were still in favour of Lords Appellant, 26 of whom had received a royal pardon.
17th 6 December 1389 1389/90 17 January 1390 2 March 1390 1 Sir James Pickering ...
18th 12 September 1390 1390 12 November 1390 3 December 1390 1 Sir James Pickering ...
19th 7 September 1391 1391 3 November 1391 2 December 1391 1 unknown ... Met at Westminster.
20th 23 November 1392 1392/93 20 January 1393 10 February 1393 1 unknown ... Met at Winchester.
21st 13 November 1393 1393/94 27 January 1394 6 March 1394 1 Sir John Bussy ... Met at Westminster.
22nd 20 November 1394 1394/95 27 January 1395 15 February 1395 1 Sir John Bussy ... Met at Westminster.
23rd 30 November 1396 1396/97 22 January 1397 12 February 1397 1 Sir John Bussy this session was held at Westminster.
24th 18 July 1397 1397 17 September 1397 31 January 1398 2 Sir John Bussy Two sessions were held, one at Westminster and another session met at Shrewsbury. Earl of Arundel was put on trial 'before his peers' in the Lords for Treason. St Albans Chronicler complained the King had 'packed' the Commons with the Court's knights of the shire. Many new Sheriffs were Crown appointees in Sept 1397; the Court's supporters were accused of intimidation and retaliation on the King's behalf. Sir John Russel and Sir Ivo Fitzwaryn could easily manipulate the less experienced members.
25th 19 August 1399 1389 30 September 1399 30 September 1399 1 Sir Henry de Retford Parliament met at Westminster the day after Richard II's abdication. It was used as the instrument of his deposition. Bolingbroke summoned a second parliament to meet less than a week later. Sir Henry de Retford was elected by this Parliament on 3 October; Henry IV crowned on 13 October.

Parliaments of Henry IV[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 30 September 1399 1399 6 October 1399 19 November 1399 1 Sir John Cheyne Summoned by Henry IV it was known as a Convention Parliament. Henry was crowned as quickly as possible on 13 October.
John Doreward
2nd 9 September 1400 1400/01 20 January 1401 10 March 1401 1 Sir Arnold Savage Called to meet at York, then prorogued, it actually met at Westminster.
3rd 19 June 1402 1402 30 September 1402 25 November 1402 1 Sir Henry Redford Commons intercommune with Lords as the new century sees more co-operation between the two houses, but not without the King's Special Grace.[145]
4th 20 October 1403 1403/04 14 January 1404 20 March 1404 1 Sir Arnold Savage ...
5th 25 August 1404 1404 16 October 1404 13 November 1404 1 Sir William Esturmy Known as the Unlearned Parliament, the Lawless Parliament.[146] The Parliament of Dunces or Parliamentum Indoctorum met at Coventry.
6th 21 December 1405 1405/06 1 March 1406 22 December 1406 3 Sir John Tiptoft Known as the Long Parliament.; the autumn session was held at Gloucester.[147]
7th 26 August 1407 1407 20 October 1407 2 December 1407 1 Thomas Chaucer Met at Gloucester. The first occasion Lords and Commons clashed over primacy and initiating money bills. Lord Chancellor made opening speech on 24 October in the place of the King; but intercommuning did not take place until Monday, 14 November.[148]
8th 26 October 1409 1409/10 27 January 1410 9 May 1410 2 Thomas Chaucer ...
9th 21 September 1411 1411 3 November 1411 19 December 1411 1 Thomas Chaucer ...
10th 1 December 1412 1412/13 3 February 1413 20 March 1413 1 unknown ...

Parliaments of Henry V[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 22 March 1413 1413 14 May 1413 9 June 1413 1 William Stourton ...
John Doreward
2nd 1 December 1413 1413/14 30 April 1414 29 May 1414 1 Sir Walter Hungerford Known as the Fire and Faggot Parliament. Met at Greyfriars Priory, Leicester.
3rd 26 September 1414 1414 19 November 1414 ... 1 Thomas Chaucer ...
4th 4 February 1415 15 April 1415 ... 2 Thomas Chaucer Second session was held at Westminster on Wednesday, 17 April 1415.
5th 12 August 1415 1415 4 November 1415 12 November 1415 1 Sir Richard Redman Known as the Parliament of 1415 it was the shortest of medieval English history.[149]
6th 21 January 1416 1416 16 March 1416 May 1416 2 Sir Walter Beauchamp ...
7th 3 September 1416 1416 19 October 1416 18 November 1416 1 Roger Flower ...
8th 5 October 1417 1417 16 November 1417 17 December 1417 1 Roger Flower ...
9th 24 August 1419 1419 16 October 1419 13 November 1419 1 Roger Flower ...
10th 21 October 1420 1420 2 December 1420 ... 1 Roger Hunt ...
11th 26 February 1421 1421 2 May 1421 ... 1 Thomas Chaucer King Henry V was present in person made his assent known with words Le roi le voet, de Passent des seignurs...esteantz en ceste parlament, et a la requeste des ditz Communes, sicome est desiree par la dite petition en toutz points. This led in 1429 statute to the historic 40 shilling qualification until 1832.[150]
12th 20 October 1421 1421 1 December 1421 ... 1 Richard Baynard ...

Parliaments of Henry VI[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 29 September 1422 1422 9 November 1422 18 December 1422 1 Roger Flower In this reign Parliaments were opened with french phrase Soit fait come il est desire.
2nd 1 September 1423 1423 20 October 1423 28 February 1424 2 John Russell Roll derives the long form Soit il come est desire par la petition.[151]
3rd 24 February 1425 1425 30 April 1425 14 July 1425 2 Sir Thomas Walton
4th 7 January 1426 1426 18 February 1426 1 June 1426 2 Sir Richard Vernon Parliament of Bats. Met at Leicester.
5th 15 July 1427 1427 13 October 1427 25 March 1428 2 Sir John Tyrrell ...
6th 12 July 1429 1429 22 September 1429 23 February 1430 2 William Alington ...
7th 27 November 1430 1430/31 12 January 1431 20 March 1431 1 Sir John Tyrrell ...
8th 25 February 1432 1432 12 May 1432 17 July 1432 1 Sir John Russell ...
9th 24 May 1433 1433 8 July 1433 >c.18 December 1433 2 Roger Hunt ...
10th 5 July 1435 1435 10 October 1435 23 December 1435 1 John Bowes ...
11th 29 October 1436 1436/37 21 January 1437 27 March 1437 1 Sir John Tyrrell ...
William Burley
12th 26 September 1439 1439 12 November 1439 c.15–24 February 1440 2 William Tresham ...
13th 3 December 1441 1441/42 25 January 1442 27 March 1442 1 William Tresham ...
14th 13 January 1445 1445 25 February 1445 9 April 1445 4 William Burley ...
15th 14 December 1446 1446/47 10 February 1447 3 March 1447 1 William Tresham ...
16th 2 January 1449 1449 12 February 1449 16 July 1449 3 Sir John Say ...
17th 23 September 1449 1449 6 November 1449 c.5–8 June 1450 4 Sir John Popham ...
William Tresham
18th 5 September 1450 1450 6 November 1450 c.24–31 May 1451 3 Sir William Oldhall ...
19th 20 January 1453 1453 6 March 1453 c.16–21 April 1454 4 Thomas Thorpe ...
Sir Thomas Charlton
20th 26 May 1455 1455 9 July 1455 12 March 1456 ? Sir John Wenlock ...
21st 9 October 1459 1459 20 November 1459 20 December 1459 ? Sir Thomas Tresham Parliament of Devils. Met at Coventry.
22nd 30 July 1460 1460 7 October 1460 c.4 March 1461 ? John Green ...
Sir James Strangeways of West Harlsey and Whorlton.
23rd 15 October 1470 1470 26 November 1470 c. 11 April 1471 ? unknown This Parliament was held during a period when King Henry VI was restored to the throne. It ended when King Edward IV deposed Henry for the second time.

Parliaments of Edward IV[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 23 May 1461 1461 4 November 1461 6 May 1462 2 James Strangeways Parliament announced the new king and attainted the old, reversing all the legislation against the Yorkist claim. It annulled the compromise of 1459 drawn up in Coventry. It enabled the arrest and detention of Lancastrian enemies at Edward's request. The Lancastrian stronghold of Harlech Castle was captured, and the session ended on 21 December. Another session opened on 6 May 1462, but the king and nobles were absent, so Archbishop Bourchier dissolved it.[152]
2nd 22 December 1462 1462/63 29 April 1463 28 March 1465 ? John Say On petition Indenture by Statute of 1465 transferred taxation directly to Treasurer of Calais until city's loss in 1558. Subsidy-indentures became common after 1465.
3rd 28 February 1467 1467 3 June 1467 7 June 1468 ? John Say
4th 19 August 1472 1472 6 October 1472 14 March 1475 7 William Allington In 1473 Indenture could not be 'granted' because the specific presence of the King was required for such petitions.[153]
5th 20 November 1477 1477/78 16 January 1478 26 February 1478 1 William Allington
6th 15 November 1482 1482/83 20 January 1483 18 February 1483 1 John Wood

Parliament of Richard III[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 9 December 1483 1483/84 23 January 1484 20 February 1484 1 William Catesby

Parliaments of Henry VII[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 15 September 1485 1485 7 November 1485 c. 4 March 1486 1 Thomas Lovell
2nd ... 1487 9 November 1487 c. 18 December 1487 1 John Mordaunt
3rd ... ?1488/89 13 January 1489 27 February 1490 1 Thomas fitzWilliam
4th 12 August 1491 1491 17 October 1491 5 March 1492 1 Richard Empson
5th 15 September 1495 1495 14 October 1495 21–22 December 1495 1 Robert Drury
6th 20 November 1496 1496/97 16 January 1497 13 March 1497 1 Thomas Englefield
7th ... ?1503/04 25 January 1504 c. 1 April 1504 1 Edmund Dudley

Parliaments of Henry VIII[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 17 October 1509 1509/10 21 January 1510 23 February 1510 1 Thomas Englefield ...
2nd 28 November 1511 1511/12 4 February 1512 4 March 1514 4 Robert Sheffield ...
3rd 23 November 1514 1514/15 5 February 1515 22 December 1515 2 Thomas Neville ...
4th ... 1523 15 April 1523 13 August 1523 3 Thomas More Known as the Black Parliament[154]
5th 9 August 1529 1529 3 November 1529 14 April 1536 9 Thomas Audley Reformation Parliament
Humphrey Wingfield
Richard Rich
6th 27 April 1536 1536 8 June 1536 18 July 1536 1 Richard Rich ...
7th 1 March 1539 1539 28 April 1539 24 July 1540 3 Nicholas Hare ...
8th 23 November 1541 1541/42 16 January 1542 28 March 1544 3 Thomas Moyle ...
9th 1 December 1544 1544/45 23 November 1545 31 January 1547 2 Thomas Moyle ...

Parliaments of Edward VI[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 2 August 1547 1547 4 November 1547 15 April 1552 4 Sir John Baker
2nd 5 January 1553 1553 1 March 1553 31 March 1553 1 James Dyer

Parliaments of Mary I[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 14 August 1553 1553 5 October 1553 5 December 1553 1 Sir John Pollard
2nd 17 February 1554 1554 2 April 1554 3 May 1554 1 Robert Broke
3rd 3 October 1554 1554 12 November 1554 16 January 1555 1 Clement Higham
4th 3 September 1555 1555 21 October 1555 9 December 1555 1 Sir John Pollard
5th 6 December 1557 1557/58 20 January 1558 17 November 1558 2 William Cordell

Parliaments of Elizabeth I[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 5 December 1558 1558/59 23 January 1559 8 May 1559 1 Thomas Gargrave
2nd 10 November 1562 1562/63 11 January 1563 2 January 1567 2 Thomas Williams
Richard Onslow
3rd 17 February 1571 1571 2 April 1571 29 May 1571 1 Christopher Wray
4th 28 March 1572 1572 8 May 1572 19 April 1583 3 Robert Bell
John Popham
5th 12 October 1584 1584 23 November 1584 14 September 1585 2 John Puckering
6th 15 September 1586 1586 15 October 1586 23 March 1587 2 John Puckering
7th 18 September 1588 1588/89 4 February 1589 29 March 1589 1 Thomas Snagge
8th 4 January 1593 1593 18 February 1593 10 April 1593 1 Edward Coke
9th 23 August 1597 1597 24 October 1597 9 February 1598 2 Christopher Yelverton
10th 11 September 1601 1601 27 October 1601 19 December 1601 1 John Croke

Parliaments of James I[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 31 January 1604 1604 19 March 1604 9 February 1611 5[155] Sir Edward Phelips[156] Blessed Parliament
2nd 19 February 1614 1614 5 April 1614 7 June 1614 1[157] Sir Randolph Crewe[156] Addled Parliament[157]
3rd 13 November 1620 1621 16 January 1621 8 February 1622 2[158] Sir Thomas Richardson[156]
4th 30 December 1623 1624 12 February 1624 27 March 1625 1[159] Sir Thomas Crewe[156] Happy Parliament[160]

Parliaments of Charles I[edit]

The Long Parliament, which commenced in this reign, had the longest term and the most complex history of any English Parliament. The entry in the first table below relates to the whole Parliament. Although it rebelled against King Charles I and continued to exist long after the King's death, it was a Parliament he originally summoned. An attempt has been made to set out the different phases of the Parliament in the second table in this section and in subsequent sections. The phases are explained in a note.

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 2 April 1625 1625 17 May 1625 12 August 1625 2 [161] Sir Thomas Crewe[156] Useless Parliament[162]
2nd 26 December 1625 1626 6 February 1626 15 June 1626 1[163] Heneage Finch[156] ...
3rd 31 January 1628 1628 17 March 1628 10 March 1629 2[164] John Finch[156] Supplanted by Personal Rule
4th 20 February 1640 1640 13 April 1640 5 May 1640 1 John Glanville Short Parliament
5th 24 September 1640 1640 3 November 1640 16 March 1660 ... William Lenthall Long Parliament (a)
Henry Pelham
William Lenthall
William Say (Deputy)
William Lenthall

Note:

  • (a) Speakers of the Long Parliament (including times when it sat as the Rump Parliament): Lenthall 3 November 1640 – 26 July 1647; Pelham 30 July 1647 – 5 August 1647; Lenthall 6 August 1647 – 20 April 1653 (restored to the Chair by the Army and sat until Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament) and 26 December 1653 – 13 January 1660 (when the Rump was restored); Say 13 January 1660 – 21 January 1660 and Lenthall 21 January 1660 – 16 March 1660.

The Long Parliament (Royalist phases)[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
5th 'a' 24 September 1640 1640 3 November 1640 21 August 1642 1 William Lenthall Long Parliament
5th 'c' ... ... 22 January 1644 10 March 1645 2 unknown King's Oxford Parliament

Note:

  • (a) Phase 'a' of the Long Parliament was when it functioned as a conventional Parliament, requiring the assent of King Charles I to legislation. An unusual feature was that a law was enacted providing that this Parliament could not be lawfully dissolved without its own consent. This phase ended when the King raised his standard (22 August 1642) and commenced the English Civil War. The day before this event is the date inserted in the Dissolved column.
  • (b) Phase 'c' of the Long Parliament was the King's Oxford Parliament. The King was unable to lawfully dissolve the Long Parliament, without its consent, so he summoned the members to meet at Oxford. Royalists and those interested in trying to settle the Civil War by compromise attended the meetings, which were in opposition to the revolutionary body (phase 'b' of the Long Parliament, see below) sitting concurrently at Westminster. The date of the first meeting is given in the Assembled column and of the last sitting in the Dissolved column.

Parliaments of the Revolution and Commonwealth[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 'b' ... ... 22 August 1642 5 December 1648 1 William Lenthall Long Parliament (a)
Henry Pelham
William Lenthall
1st 'd' ... ... 6 December 1648 20 April 1653 1 William Lenthall Rump Parliament (b)
2nd 20 June 1653 n/a 4 July 1653 12 December 1653 1 Francis Rous Barebone's Parliament (c)

Note:

  • (a) This was phase 'b' of the Long Parliament, when it functioned as a revolutionary Parliament, after the start of the English Civil War. Parliament assumed the power to legislate by Ordinance, without needing Royal assent. This phase ended with Pride's Purge, which converted the Long Parliament into the Rump Parliament. In 1644 the King summoned the Long Parliament to meet at Oxford. Those members who responded constituted the King's Oxford Parliament (phase c of the Parliament, see the previous section), in opposition to the revolutionary Parliament which continued to sit at the Palace of Westminster. The date in the Assembled column is the day when King Charles I raised his standard and commenced the English Civil War. The date in the Dissolved column is the day before Pride's Purge, when the full Long Parliament last met (until the Purge was reversed on 21 February 1660).
  • (b) This was phase 'd' of the Long Parliament, known as the Rump Parliament. During this period the Army only permitted selected members to continue to participate. The House of Lords was abolished (6 February 1649) as was the monarchy (7 February 1649). Thereafter the Rump of the House of Commons was the only remaining element of Parliament. It legislated the Commonwealth of England into existence on 19 May 1649. The date of Pride's Purge is given in the Assembled column and the date when Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump by force is in the Dissolved column.
  • (c) The Little or Barebone's Parliament was an appointed body.

Parliaments of the Protectorate[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 1 June 1654 1654 3 September 1654 22 January 1655 1 William Lenthall 1st Protectorate Parliament
2nd 10 July 1656 1656 17 September 1656 4 February 1658 2 Thomas Widdrington 2nd Protectorate Parliament
Bulstrode Whitelocke
3rd 9 December 1658 1658/59 27 January 1659 22 April 1659 1 Chaloner Chute 3rd Protectorate Parliament
Lislebone Long (Deputy)
Thomas Bampfylde

These parliaments included representatives of Scotland and Ireland.

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
4th 'e' ... ... 7 May 1659 13 October 1659 1 William Lenthall Rump Parliament (restored) (a)

Note:

  • (a) This was phase 'e' of the Long Parliament. The Army restored the Rump Parliament, to liquidate the Protectorate and re-establish the Commonwealth regime.

Parliaments of the Commonwealth[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 'f' ... ... 26 December 1659 20 February 1660 1 William Lenthall Rump Parliament (a)
William Say (Deputy)
William Lenthall
1st 'g' ... ... 21 February 1660 16 March 1660 1 William Lenthall Long Parliament (b)

Note:

  • (a) This was phase 'f' of the Long Parliament, with the Rump Parliament running the restored Commonwealth regime.
  • (b) This was phase 'g' of the Long Parliament. Pride's Purge was reversed and the full Long Parliament made arrangements for a Convention Parliament and then dissolved itself.

Parliaments of Charles II[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 16 March 1660 1660 25 April 1660 29 December 1660 1 Harbottle Grimston The Convention Parliament assembled without a royal warrant. After the restoration of the monarchy, of which this parliament was a key enabler, it was retrospectively recognised as a Parliament by Charles II
2nd 18 February 1661 1661 8 May 1661 24 January 1679 16 Edward Turnour Cavalier Parliament
Job Charlton
Edward Seymour
Robert Sawyer
3rd 25 January 1679 1679 6 March 1679 12 July 1679 2 William Gregory Habeas Corpus Parliament
4th 24 July 1679 1679 21 October 1680 18 January 1681 1 William Williams Exclusion Bill Parliament
5th 20 January 1681 1681 21 March 1681 28 March 1681 1 William Williams Oxford Parliament

Parliament of James II[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 14 February 1685 1685 19 May 1685 2 July 1687 1 John Trevor Loyal Parliament

Parliaments of William III and Mary II[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker Note
1st 29 December 1688 1688–89 22 January 1689 6 February 1690 2 Henry Powle The Convention Parliament of 1689 was not summoned by King James II, who was outside the country, but by the future William III. On 12 February 1689, the Convention decided that James had abdicated by fleeing the capital on 18 December 1688 and by throwing the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames and offered the throne jointly to William III and Mary II, who accepted it. The Convention converted itself to a formal parliament the next day (13 February), and legal records use that date (13 February rather than the original assembly date of 22 January) as the official start date of the parliament.[165]
2nd 6 February 1690 1690 20 March 1690 11 October 1695 6 John Trevor
3rd 12 October 1695 1695 22 November 1695 7 July 1698 3 Paul Foley
4th 13 July 1698 1698 24 August 1698 19 December 1700 2 Thomas Littleton
5th 26 December 1700 1700/01 6 February 1701 11 November 1701 1 Robert Harley
6th 3 November 1701 1701 30 December 1701 2 July 1702 1 Robert Harley
  • Note: The Convention Parliament of 1689 is usually referred to as the 1st Parliament of William & Mary and thus the 1690 parliament is referred to as the "Second Parliament".[166] The very first act of the 1690 parliament (2 Will. & Mar., c.1)[167] was to legitimise the Convention parliament as a lawfully-summoned parliament.
  • Note: Queen Mary II died in December 1694, during the sixth session of the second parliament. Subsequent parliamentary sessions are labelled as "William III" alone (rather than "William & Mary"), but their numbering is not reset. The next parliament (1695) is conventionally called the "third parliament", the 1698 parliament the "fourth parliament" etc.

Parliaments of Anne[edit]

No. Summoned Elected Assembled Dissolved Sessions Speaker
1st 2 July 1702 1702 20 August 1702 5 April 1705 3 Robert Harley
2nd 2 May 1705 1705 14 July 1705 3 April 1707 3 John Smith

On 29 April 1707, the Parliament of Great Britain was constituted. The members of the 2nd Parliament of Queen Anne became part of the 1st Parliament of Great Britain.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the reign of King John knights came armed to police the parlement, but barons and nobles were not permitted with weaponry in precincts of Westminster. The King wanted protection, but no violence, and no brawling. The lesser men therefore noblesse oblige to the King's Service in Knight's Fee.
  2. ^ the dates for the summons of the parliament are highly tendentious: EC, 36-42. Documents illustrating the Crisis of 1297-8 in England, ed. M.Prestwich, CS 4th ser.24(1980). The British Library manuscripts cite 10 October 1297 as the first day.

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  3. ^ M. Paris, History of England since 1235
  4. ^ M. Paris, (1246) Annales Monastici: Burton Annals, p.307.
  5. ^ Winchester Pipe Rolls first describes this parliamentum.; J Maddicott (2014), pt 2, chap.4.1
  6. ^ W.Cobbett, The Parliamentary Or Constitutinal History of England, From the Earliest Times, p.lxvi.
  7. ^ Close Rolls, 1247–51, pp.104, 106–7, 109.
  8. ^ habitum est Parliamentum mangnum Londini, M Paris.
  9. ^ tertio Idus Maii, in majori Aula Regia Westmonasterii, sub Praesentia & Assensu Domini H. dei Gratia Regis Angliae., M. Paris
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  11. ^ Matthew Paris cited by J Enoch Powell (1971)
  12. ^ c.f De Montfort Archives, Bemont, France; Matthew Paris, v, pp.668–9
  13. ^ Tiberius B.IV and Burton Annals; Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1247–58, p.627, 639, 649, 654–655
  14. ^ Annales Monastici, i, p.443; iii, p.209
  15. ^ Matthew Paris, v, pp.695–7
  16. ^ Burton Annals, pp.443–5
  17. ^ Letter to Alexander II of Scotland, May 1258; Powicke, p.380.
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  30. ^ Historians have long debated whether the Burton Annals are reliable in Annales Monastici. They claim that the Knights, who owed fee in service to the King for their right to attend the Commons, complained that the King had done all asked of him, but the Lords had failed to uphold the Oxford Agreement. The King employed the knights 'of the shires' as sheriffs.
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  32. ^ Foedera, I, i, pp.398, 404; Powicke, p.417.
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  50. '^ R.F.Traherne, ed. The Documents of the Baronial Movement of Reform and Rebellion, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979, p.301.
  51. ^ Close Rolls, 1264–68, pp.84–87
  52. ^ Calendar of Charter Rolls, 1259–1300, p.54
  53. ^ Powicke, pp.488–91.
  54. ^ CPR, 1258–66, pp.429–34; Maddicott, Montfort, pp.337–38; Baker, Henry III, p.323.
  55. ^ Barling's Chronicle in 'The Chronicles of the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II', ed. W.Stubbs, vol.ii, p.cxvi.
  56. ^ The Statutes of the Realm, pp.6–15; Powicke, King Henry III, pp.547–9.; Baker, p.337.
  57. ^ Close Rolls, 1264-1268, 334-340.
  58. ^ Powicke, 'Henry III and Lord Edward,' p.562.
  59. ^ Close Rolls, 1264-8, 557.
  60. ^ Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1266–72, p.384
  61. ^ CPR, 1258–66,p.365; Baker, p.343.
  62. ^ Powicke believed the decision of the Committee of 45 to collect tax was indicative of the presence of a parliament. This opinion was based on Henry III's letter dated 7 August at Chichester to the bishop of Worcester, referring to the 1/20th assessed for aid to the Holy Land the previous year.
  63. ^ Annales Monastici, iv, 227-8.
  64. ^ The exact dating of this parliament was confused by early historians, who thought it April 1269. See Liber de Antiquis Legibus, p.122; Bishop Giffard's register, fo.105a, p.23. Chronica maiorum, pp.122–3.
  65. ^ J.R. Maddicott, The Crusade of Taxation, pp.93–117.
  66. ^ Parliamentary Writs, i, 1, 381; Calendar of Close Rolls, 1272–79, pp.229, 197–8.
  67. ^ Calendar of Close Rolls, 1272–79, p.167, 200.
  68. ^ Matthew Paris, English History Documents, iii, pp.411–13.
  69. ^ King's Bench Roll, no.90, m.34d; Sayles, King's Bench, i, pp.140–145.
  70. ^ Epistolae Iohannis Peckham, ii, pp.440–1, 675.
  71. ^ Calendar of Chancery Rolls, p.198.; Powicke, King Henry III and the Lord Edwardd, OUP, [1947] (1966), pp.673–4.
  72. ^ King's Bench Roll, no.49, m.23; Sayles, King's Bench, i, p.50-1
  73. ^ The Statutes of the Realm, London: Eyre & Spottiswood, 1870, vol.1, pp.16, 71.
  74. ^ Calendar of Ancient Proceedings, pp.58–9.
  75. ^ Calendar of Ancient Correspondence, p.88; Powicke, p.677.
  76. ^ Calendar of Ancient Proceedings,pp.59–62, 90–1.
  77. ^ Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1272–81, pp.380–81; Rymer, Foedera, II, ii, p.582.
  78. ^ Kings Bench Roll, no.60, m.19d; Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1272–81, p.384.
  79. ^ Calendar of Close Rolls, 1279-88, 157.; Calendar of Chancery Rolls, various, 1277-1326, 222, 250-2.
  80. ^ Annales Wigorn, p.489; Statutes of the Realm, i, pp.53–4.
  81. ^ Statutes of the Realm, i, pp.55–68.
  82. ^ The Welsh Assize Roll, p.266.; Powicke (1966), p.663
  83. ^ Foedera, I, ii, pp.742–7.; Powicke, p.733.
  84. ^ Itinerary of Edward I; Rotuli Parliamentorum, i, 45, 66-9; Powicke, p.735
  85. ^ Calendar of Ancient Correspondence, p.134; Powicke, p.679.
  86. ^ Calendar of Chancery Rolls, Various, p.343-5; Select cases in the King's Bench ed. Sayles, iii (Selden Society, 1939), pp.91-2.; Powicke, p.680
  87. ^ William Rishanger, 'Chronica et Annales', in ed. H.T. Riley in Chronica Monasterii S.Albani, R.S. (1865), ii, 252-3; Powell & Wallis, (1968), 215.
  88. ^ Florence of Worcester, ii, pp.273–4.
  89. ^ 'Annales Wigorn', Annales Monastici , pp.517–18. Florence, ii, p.275.
  90. ^ Stubbs, ed. Select Charters, pp.481–2.
  91. ^ Calendar of Close Rolls, 1298-96, pp.488–90.,
  92. ^ Parliamentary Writs ed.F.Palgrave, Record Commission (1827-34).; J enoch Powell and Keith Wallis, The House of Lords in the Middle Ages, p.236-7. The writ..."Whereas we have enjoined upon our dear son Edward, our lieutenant in England, certain matters specially touching us and our realm on which we wish to have discussion and debate, we command you....
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  94. ^ Statutes, i, 124.
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  100. ^ Statutes of the Realm, i, 136-41.; Rishanger, pp.404-5.; Powell & Wallis, 241.
  101. ^ "it is the custom of the realm of England that in business touching the state of that realm the advice is sought of all whom the thing concerns." Matthew Paris, Flores Historiarum ed. Matthew Parker (Frankfurt, 1601), p.439; Powell & Wallis, p.241.
  102. ^ CCIR, 1296-1302, 370; CPR, 1292-1301, p.538-40.
  103. ^ Parliamentary Writs, i, 104-5; Powell & Wallis, p.243.
  104. ^ Calendar of the Justiciary Rolls, i, p.453-55.
  105. ^ Dignity of the Peerage, iii, 143-9; CPR, 1301-7, 76-77.; Powell & Wallis, 245.
  106. ^ Parliamentary Writs, i, 134-5.
  107. ^ Memoranda, 54-5, 122-3, 126.
  108. ^ Parliamentary and Council Proceedings, E 175/1, m. 20; Parliamentary Writs, i, 159-63.; Powell & Wallis, 247.
  109. ^ Parliamentary Writs, i, 178, 165-6.
  110. ^ Powell & Wallis, 255.
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  133. ^ Literae Cantuariensis, I, 441.
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  151. ^ Be it as it is asked:
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Further reading[edit]

  • Laundy, Philip (1964), The Office of Speaker, Cassell & Company 
  • Powell, J. Enoch; Wallis, Keith (1968), The House of Lords in the Middle Ages, Weidenfeld and Nicolson