One of the masterpieces of historical writing of our time. Nigel Saul, History Today One of the most important recent books on English history...a magisterial account Michael Wood, BBC History Magazine Enormously impressive...a powerful and passionate piece of work Keith Richmond, Government Gazette J.R. Maddicott brings to his task a depth of analysis which is both rare and impressive. He argues his points by reference to a far wider range of sources than any of his predecessors. And he has a better understanding of the European context of English politics than any English writer on the subject since Maurice Powicke. Jonathan Sumption, Literary Review Its wide and profound scholarship has much to teach us about the roots and functions of an institution now subjected to so much unhistorical criticism. Blair Worden, The Spectator J.R. Maddicott has long been recognised as one of the outstanding historians of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century English political history... The Origins of the English Parliament 924-1327 will stand out as a notable text for parliamentary history. Andrew Broertjes, LIMINA thorough, compelling, and persuasive ... Maddicott makes a compelling case for English exceptionalism and in the process frames the terms in which the medieval parliament will be discussed and debated for generations. Scott L. Waugh, English Historical Review
About the Author
John R. Maddicott
taught at the University of Manchester and was a Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History at Exeter College, Oxford, from 1969 until 2006. A Fellow of the British Academy, he was also joint editor of the English Historical Review
from 1990 to 2000. He gave the Ford Lectures at Oxford (from which this current book has developed) in 2004. He has published extensively on the political and social history of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with books on Thomas of Lancaster and Simon de Montfort, and has also written a number of leading articles on the Anglo-Saxon economy, his second area of interest.