London 1264: from Magna Carta to Montfort’s Parliament
The History of Parliament
As part of a series on Magna Carta and Simon de Montfort’s parliament for the History of Parliament project, I discuss how a recent discovery among the records of the Corporation of London shows just how tightly bound the citizens of London had become to Simon de Montfort’s regime in advance of Montfort’s famous parliament of 1265. This assembly marked a first in the history of England and of parliament, for its attendees were not just the earls, the lords (ecclesiastical and lay), the barons and the knights of the shires, but the townsmen of England too.
6th October 2018