Henry V: Introduction

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

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Henry V, 1413-1422

Eleven parliaments met during the reign of Henry V, all of them at Westminster apart from that of April 1414, which met at Leicester. The rolls of all of them have survived and appear to be complete. Compared with the often lengthy sessions of his father's reign, most of Henry V's parliaments were relatively short: only one (March 1416) lasted more than a month, while the November 1415 assembly took barely a week.

Since he spent so much of his reign campaigning in France, the king himself only attended six of his parliaments, leaving his brothers, acting as his regents, to manage the remaining five: John, duke of Bedford, presided over those of 1415, 1417, 1419 and December 1421, while Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, presided over that of 1420.