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Adam Usk (c 1360–1430)

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1 Storey, R, Diocesan Administration in Fifteenth-century England, second edition (York, 1972), pp 1318 ; Davies, R, ‘The episcopate’ in Clough, C (ed), Profession, Vocation, and Culture in Later Medieval England (Liverpool, 1982), pp 5189 at 64–65.

2 The Chronicle of Adam Usk 1377–1421, ed and trans Given-Wilson, C (Oxford, 1997).

3 Ibid, pp 158–159.

4 The standard course of study is well described in Brundage, J, The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession (Chicago, IL, 2008), pp 248271 .

5 The slightly conflicting evidence for the steps and their dates is stated and discussed in Professor Given-Wilson's ‘Introduction’ to Chronicle, pp xiv–xvii; see also Given-Wilson, C, ‘Usk, Adam (c. 1350–1430)’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004; online edition January 2009), available at <http://oxforddnb.com/view/article/98>, accessed 16 June 2016.

6 Chronicle, pp 152–153, 250–225. See also Logan, F, The Medieval Court of Arches (Woodbridge, 2005), p 221 .

7 See Aston, M, Thomas Arundel: a study in church life in the reign of Richard II (Oxford, 1967), pp 368369 and 378.

8 Chronicle, pp 246–247.

9 The best record of the benefices he received is contained in Emden, A, Biographical Register of the University of Oxford to A.D. 1500, vol 3 (Oxford, 1959), pp 19371938 .

10 ‘Introduction’, Chronicle, p xxiii.

11 Chronicle, pp 154–155.

12 See ‘Introduction’, Chronicle, pp xxiii–xxiv.

13 See Morris-Jones, J, ‘Adam Usk's epitaph’, (1921) 31 Y Cymmrodor 112134 .

14 It is printed in Owen, E, ‘The will of Adam of Usk’, (1903) 18 English Historical Review 316317 .

15 Jacob, E, Essays in the Conciliar Epoch (Manchester, 1963), pp 2425 .

16 Chronicle, pp 160–161.

17 Ibid, pp 62–63.

18 Sext 2.14.2.

19 Rotuli Parliamentorum, 6 vols (London, 1783), vol 3, fols 416–417.

20 On the development of this concept, see Peters, E, The Shadow King: rex inutilis in medieval law and literature, 751–1327 (New Haven, CT, 1970).

21 See, eg, Lapsley, G, ‘The parliamentary title of Henry IV’, (1934) 44 English Historical Review 423449 , reprinted in Lapsley, G, Crown Community and Parliament in the Later Middle Ages, ed Cam, H and Barraclough, G (Oxford, 1951), pp 272340, at 288–291, 310–321; Harriss, G, Shaping the Nation: England 1360–1461 (Oxford, 2005), pp 488495 .

22 Caspary, G, ‘The deposition of Richard II and the canon law’ in Kuttner, S and Ryan, J (eds), Proceedings of the Second International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (Vatican City, 1965), pp 189201 at 201. Some notice of Adam of Usk's account and Caspary's contribution is, however, taken in what is now the authoritative work on the reign: Saul, N, Richard II (New Haven, CT, and London, 1997), pp 418419 , and also in Bennett, M, Richard II and the Revolution of 1399 (Stroud, 1999), pp 175176 .

23 Chronicle, pp 24–25.

24 Ibid, pp 242–243 and 122–123.

25 Ibid, pp 120–121. See Dig. 12.2.1–42; X 2.24.1–36.

26 Chronicle, pp 132–135.

27 Ibid, pp 126–127.

28 Ibid, pp 250–251.

29 They are more fully set out in Wilkins, D, Concilia Magnae Britanniae et Hiberniae, 4 vols (London, 1737), vol 3, pp 358368 .

30 See Chronicle, pp 96–97, dealing with the law of costs in the ecclesiastical forum.

31 Sext 2.14.2; Joannes Andreae was responsible for the glossa ordinaria on the texts of the Sext.

32 Chronicle, pp 82–83; the text was Cod. 10.12.2.

33 Chronicle, pp. 92–93; the texts were X 5.12.6 and Clem. 5.8.1.

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