Edward I: Easter 1299

Parliament Rolls of Medieval England. Originally published by Boydell, Woodbridge, 2005.

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1299 Easter

Introduction Easter 1299


Easter parliament (May)

Little is known about the parliament which met after Easter at Stepney and perhaps earlier at Westminster. It was on 10 April that various bishops, abbots, earls, barons and knights were ordered to appear at Westminster two weeks after Easter (the week beginning 3 May) to discuss 'certain special and arduous business'. (fn. foot-1299e-1) The king was not, however, at Westminster then or before the following August and there seems to be no definite evidence that any business was done there. Parliament may instead have met at Stepney, not far to the east of London. The king was there from 4 to 18 May. It was from Stepney on 7 May that the king communicated his decision decided to put off the Carlisle proffer for military service against the Scots from Whitsun to 2 August, because he had just agreed to a meeting at Mustroil on the morrow of the Ascension (29 May) with the envoys of the king of France for papal mediation of the Anglo-French conflict. The meeting at Mustroil is stated to have been agreed by the bishops, earls, barons and others of his council, presumably at this session of parliament, and they had also agreed to the delay in the Carlisle muster. (fn. foot-1299e-2) It was also at Stepney on 7 May that there was issued a writ for the holding of an inquisition ad quod damnum into a proposed alienation by the abbot of Bury to a chaplain in a new chantry in the abbey's own churchyard that is noted as being authorised by a petition of council. (fn. foot-1299e-3) On 15 May the king issued a statute of false coinage later said to have been made in parliament at Stepney. (fn. foot-1299e-4) On 12 May the king had dealt with a petition from Thomas de Berkeley claiming custody of the abbey of St Augustine's Bristol during vacancies by asking for further information before the next parliament from the barons of the exchequer, and on 16 May the king forwarded from Stepney to the exchequer five petitions (and four related writs) from Welshmen. (fn. foot-1299e-5)

There is no surviving official record of the official business done at this parliament.