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The Church
Philippa Byrne

Grosseteste’s letter, possibly accusing Grosseteste of subverting the laws of the kingdom or the law-making process. According to Grosseteste, ‘you imply that my goal is to try to modify the laws of the kingdom by arguments from the Old Testament’. 116 Grosseteste’s response was to reply that his goal was only to persuade , and that he knew that William was not the only framer of law in the kingdom. ‘I am not such a fool as to believe that you or anyone else can, at someone’s prompting, establish or change laws without the counsel of the king and his magnates.’ 117

in Justice and mercy
Anthony Musson

judicial context. Its essence was discussion and debate, both of which were fostered not only in parliament, but also beyond, in the towns and shires. For those taking an interest in its decisions and law-making business (whether or not they attended in person) parliament acted as a catalyst for legal thought, provoking suggestions for reform and legislative impulses, some of which have been captured in surviving

in Medieval law in context