Sir Thomas Malory, His Turbulent Career: A Biography

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Chapter II
PARLIAMENTRY SERVICE

WE NEXT catch sight of Sir Thomas Malory in 1445, when, the Hundred Years War having come to an inglorious end, he was free to return to Newbold Revel. There, "being a knight, he served for this shire in the Parliament then held at Westminster."1 It is highly interesting to observe the two names associated with his in the Fine Roll of 23 Henry VI. One is that of Humphrey, Duke of Buckingham, the other is that of Sir William Mountford, of Coleshill. Six years later we shall see the latter arresting Malory and the Duke presiding at his trial.

The Parliament of 1445 in which Sir Thomas sat had some most important business to transact. We learn from Hansard that writs were issued on January 13 for the Parliament to meet at Westminster on February 25. In the presence of the King, sitting in person in his chair of state, and of the Lords and Commons, John Stafford, late Bishop of Bath and Wells, but now Archbishop and Chancellor of England, declared the cause of calling this Parliament, namely, to ratify the marriage treaty arranged between the King and Margaret, daughter of the King of Sicily. Parliament was then prorogued to April 19, when the Chancellor made protestation "that the peace which the King had made with the French king, or rather was about to make, was merely of his own mo-

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