By Faith Thompson
A brief background of Parliament was once first released in 1953. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press editions.
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He never yet no vileinye ne sayde In al his lyf, un-to no maner wight. He was a verray parfit gentil knight. 5 Instances of intervention by the Commons come first in the reign of Richard II, another sign of interest in elections. Before that "the cognisance of election disputes was originally vested in the king and his council, and where it was alleged that the sheriff was at fault, the matter might be remitted to the exchequer, which had special jurisdiction over sheriffs" (Plucknett's edition of Taswell-Langmead, pp.
Not until the reign of Elizabeth did the Commons claim any jurisdiction in election disputes. An individual community, or more usually the Commons as a whole, prayed the king and Lords to take action. In 1404, for instance, the Commons prayed the king and Lords to act on an improper return by the sheriff of Rutland. " 5 Even this procedure seems to have been considered unnecessary after the statute of 1445, which imposed an additional penalty against the sheriff — damages to the defrauded candidate secured by action of debt in the Court of Common Pleas.
It was only the ingenuity of the lawyers later that equated a barony with thirteen and a half knight's fees! It was in the reign of Edward II that the whole body of magnates began loosely to call themselves, and to be called, peers. In some instances the peers are referred to in their capacity of counselors, again as judges. It was the factional strife of this reign that intensified and crystallized the right to trial of peers by peers — the judicium parium of Magna Carta. The "doctrine of peerage" was further emphasized in the parliament of 1341.