The Concept of the Crown in England in the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries
Start, Candace Warren
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This paper is a study of the concept of the crown in England in the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries. It is an attempt to demonstrate the long tradition of the crown, not only as a symbol of kingship, but also as an entity which had certain recognized rights and possessions, and demanded certain homage and oaths of loyalty--even from the king himself. The crown and the community were connected, also. The interests of the community became intertwined with those of the crown. Proof of these statements lies in a discussion of passages drawn from primary sources. The following discussion comprises a three-fold proof: first, that the concept of the crown as an entity distinct from the king existed well before the fifteenth century; second, that the crown as such an entity possessed certain recognized attributes--the administration of justice and the keeping of the peace, lands, rights, wealth, power, and regality; and, third, that the concept of the crown was connected with the community of the realm, to the extent that the community had a voice in the management of the crown's possessions.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.