The Commons and Their Speakers in English Parliaments 1376–1523
from the library of historian Dr J T Driver, and with a handwritten letter from the author
First edition, first printing. Hardback, bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. 23 × 14.5cm, ix + 390pp.
This comes from the library of author and historian, Dr J T Driver, a specialist in 15th century political history, and is signed by him to the ffep. There is also a handwritten letter from the author to Dr Driver taped in to the front pastedown.
Professor Roskell here examines the the origins of the office of the Speaker of the Commons. The first Speaker was chosen in 1376, and this book looks at them up to the election to Chair of Sir Thomas More. The book looks at their function, particularly in relation to the larger questions of constitutional and political significance of the medieval Commons.
This copy is in very good condition. There is a little fading to the spine but otherwise a very sound copy.