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PhD Student, Faculty of Arts
My research interests lie in fifteenth-century English political and parliamentary history, and my current research focuses on patronage distribution from crown to gentry in Henry VI's minority.… read more
My research interests lie in fifteenth-century English political and parliamentary history, and my current research focuses on patronage distribution from crown to gentry in Henry VI's minority. Royal patronage entailed the dispersal of grants, lands, and titles to subjects in exchange for their loyalty and service,and was key to developing links between the crown and the wider political community. When patronage was distributed effectively by a fully-functioning adult king it usually resulted in political stability. I hope to explore what happened without a functioning monarch in place by focusing on the period 1422-1437.
This is analysed across three key areas. First, the theroretical and cultural framework of patronage, analysing the meaning and application of terms such as patronage, largesse, grace, and favour. Second, the routine distribution of patronage by principal royal officers. Third, how royal authority was substituted by conciliar authority, and how processes normally considered exclusive to the king were assumed by senior political figures.