The new research here covers a number of aspects of the politics and culture of fourteenth-century England, including religious culture and institutions as illustrated in the cult of Thomas of Lancaster, preaching to women in the later fourteenth century, and in the Church's response to a royal fundraising campaign. There are detailed examinations of prominent and less prominent individuals - Bishop Thomas Hatfield, Agnes Maltravers, and Lord Thomas Despenser - together with investigations of broader policy issues, particularly the dispensation of justice in the reign of Richard II. Finally, the intersection of environmental, political, and economic issues is approached from two very different perspectives, the development of royal landscapes and of the late medieval coal industry.
Contributors: JOHN T. MCQUILLEN, AMANDA RICHARDSON, A. K. MCHARDY, CHRISTIAN D. LIDDY, J.S. BOTHWELL, BETH ALLISON BARR, DIANE MARTIN, HELEN LACEY, JOHN LELAND, MARTYN LAWRENCE, ULRIKE GRASSNICK,MARK ARVANIGIAN
J.S. HAMILTON is Professor and Chair of History at Baylor University.