Justiceship England 1066-1232 by F. West

By F. West

On the peak of his energy and impression the justiciar was once the king's leader political and judicial officer, superintending the executive equipment and appearing as regent within the king's absence in another country. He used to be additionally a feudal lord or bishop; and the research of the careers of the executive justiciars, as squaddies and politicians, judges and financiers, throws mild at the workings of feudal society and at the technical administrative ability in which royal strength used to be successfully exercised. Dr West lines the background of the workplace from the 1st want for the delegation of royal energy below William 1 until eventually the Anglo-Norman dominion broke up and govt grew to become too advanced. As an administrative submit it attained its maximum significance within the formative sessions of administrative improvement below Henry 1 and later below Henry eleven. not like the places of work of sheriff and chancellor the justiciarship hasn't ever been systematically tested. Dr West's booklet is a pioneer account of crucial place of work lower than the king and an exam of a valuable subject matter of English constitutional and administrative heritage.

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Pp. lxx-lxxi. Cotton MS Nero Ciii, fo. 188. On another occasion Bishop Nigel told the abbot of Ramsey that Richard the clerk had rendered account of scutage and was quit by a private letter form; Cartulary of Ramsey, 1, 255. 3 Pipe Rolls 2, 3, and 4 Henry II, pp. 53, 65. 1 When the treasurer wrote his Dialogue such authority was confined to the justiciar, and it is evident that in the six years after Henry's succession exchequer practice was still not rigidly organized. Such writs, appearing side by side with those of the queen and the justiciar, show that the king relied on a group of ministers, of whom Becket was the most trusted.

Nevertheless, the bishop of Salisbury necessarily moved about England as any feudal lord did. 6 It is equally certain that, while he presided 1 Cartulary ofRievaulx, no. 196. Armitage-Robinson, Gilbert Crispin, p. 148; R. L. Poole, Exchequer in the Twelfth Century, pp. 39-40 n. 4. 3 Gilbert Crispin, p. 149. 4 A glance at the king's charters calendared in Regesta, 11, reveals his absence from the majority of those issued on the continent, but he is also absent on a surprising number of occasions in England.

3 Ibid. p. 118; Delisle, Pieces Justicatives, no. 3. 4 5 6 Delisle, Recueil, 1, 361-2. Ibid. 1, 335. Ibid. 1, 431. 1 Both Norman and Angevin practice, in using the office of seneschal, bear striking resemblances to the employment of the justiciar in England, and it is tempting to suppose connexions. It is clear, however, that whatever the interplay of these different practices on the king's experience and inclinations Norman and Angevin development towards an alter ego was not ahead of English practice but rather, as will appear in succeeding chapters, behind it.

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