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Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction The parliamentary peerage in early fourteenth-century England The situation in 1330 The problem of peerage endowment Scope and organisation of the book PART ONE New Parliamentary Peerage Creations, 1330-77: the Sources and Uses of Royal Patronage 1 The 'new' nobility Timeservers, old hands and problem cases 'New blood' promoted into the parliamentary peerage Promotions into the titled nobility 2 Mechanisms of royal largesse Reasons for patronage in grants and associated documents Types of tenure Feudal and financial obligations Grant authorisations Replacement and protection of royal patronage 3 Royal feudal rights Escheats, expectancies and forteitures Marriage rights and arrangements Wardships and custodies 4 Annuities and assignments Exchequer annuities Source-based payments 5 Routine patronage Offices and keeperships Pardons and licences Royal writs, orders and general influence Symbolic preference PART TWO The Impact and Rationale of Edward III's Patronage 6 Contemporary response Individual response General contemporary response 7 Distribution of royal favour The new parliamentary peerage The established peerage Overall distribution to the parliamentary peerage 8 Kings, the parliamentary peerage and royal patronage in the later Middle Ages The impact of Edward III's patronage programme Patronage, promotion and the peerage after Edward III The place of Edward III's use of largesse in the later Middle Ages Appendices Appendix key 1. The definition of 'new men' and other limitations on this study 2. Careers of major players 3. Escheats, expectancies and forfeitures 4. Marriage rights and arrangements 5. Wardships and custodies 6. Annuities (a) Annuities granted (b) Annuity payment rates 7. Principal geographical interests of new men Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Great Britain Politics and government 1327-1377, Patronage, Political Great Britain History To 1500, Social mobility Great Britain History To 1500, Nobility Great Britain History To 1500, Edward III, King of England, 1312-1377, England Social conditions 1066-1485