A Biographical Directory of Parliament Members of the Franchises of Yorkshire, 1439-1460
Parks, Charles R. (C.R.)
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The task which is undertaken in this work is a collection of biographies of the parliament members of Yorkshire, York City, Scarborough, and Kingston-upon-Hull during the final years of the lancastrian ascendency, between the years 1439-1460. The period itself is an era of important developments for for both England and the institution of parliament. The recurring conflict between the king and ambitious nobles waslagain revived as the ineptitude of the lancastrian monarchy became increasingly apparent. The clansestine attempts of the yorkists to upset the precarious balance coupled with the lancastrian's inability to cope with the subversions of the former are apparent throughout the final years under Henry VI. Amidst these conflicts, parliament and in particular, the House Of Commons was experiencing an era of slow but steady growth. As a result of privileges granted in the early part of the century and of the growing solidarity of its membership, the Commons assumed a growing influence in the conduct of government. The political turmoil of the 1450's surely benefited the Commons even further in this respect.