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Treason, felony and Lollardy: a common petition in the hand of Richard Osbarn, Clerk of the Chamber of the Guildhall 1400–c. 1437

Killick, H. (2016) Treason, felony and Lollardy: a common petition in the hand of Richard Osbarn, Clerk of the Chamber of the Guildhall 1400–c. 1437. Historical Research, 89 (244). pp. 227-245. ISSN 0950-3471

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281.12125

Abstract/Summary

This article examines a common petition presented in the English parliament of 1425 requesting that those imprisoned for long periods for the crimes of treason, felony and Lollardy might be brought to trial. On the basis of palaeographical and orthographical evidence, this petition is demonstrated to be written by Richard Osbarn, clerk of the chamber of the London Guildhall between 1400 and 1437. The implications of this discovery throw new light on the way petitions were formulated, suggesting that the scribes of petitions played a greater role than previously thought, and in some cases identified with the complaint itself.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:65740
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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