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Keywords:

  • crown office;
  • parliamentary writs;
  • prorogation;
  • adjournment;
  • Henry VII;
  • Henry VIII

The duties of the clerk of the crown in chancery in the middle ages are illustrated by the templates recorded in a series of precedent books preserved in the National Archives, Kew, dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The material concerned includes among various types of parliamentary writs, and documents relating to the adjournment and prorogation of parliament, an otherwise unknown list of summonses to the parliament of 1489.