- 21 Jul 1417 (Creation)
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2 parchment membranes and dark green wax great seal on green and faded red silk cords
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Dated at Porchester, 5 Henry V. Citing the many strifes and dissentions as to the government of the city, the king commanded that the citizens and commonalty should elect twenty-four fellow citizens as Aldermen for life, and also sixty other citizens for a Common Council of the City, and that the mayor, sheriffs and common councillors be elected annually according to the Composition agreed in 1415, and also that the twenty-four aldermen be confirmed in office each year unless reasonable cause is shown for their removal.
Witnesses: the Venerable Fathers H[enry] Archbishop of Canterbury Primate of All England, 'our dear uncle' H[enry] Bishop of Winchester 'our Chancellor' and Thomas Bishop of Durham, Thomas Duke of Clarence, John Duke of Bedford, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester 'our most dear brothers', Thomas Duke of Exeter 'our most dear uncle', Edmund Earl of March, John Earl of Huntingdon, Richard Earl of Warwick, and Thomas Earl of Salisbury 'our kinsmen', Henry FitzHugh 'our Treasurer', Walter Hungerford Steward of 'our household', Master Henry Ware Keeper of 'our' Privy Seal, and others.
Includes finely penned decorated initial, 'H' and other capitals on the top line of text. Marginal annotations occur in both English and Latin in a 16th-century hand. A footnote reads, 'By the king himself and for 100 marks paid into the hanaper'. Also given is the name of the clerk, 'Gaunstede'. Blomefield's initials appear under the seal fold.
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993 x 678mm and 967 x 576mm (width/height) Parchment dirty with some damp-staining and faint text along foldlines. The seal is almost whole. The seal cords, however, are perished below the membranes and the seal is detached from the charter.
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Abstract of the text in Hudson and Tingey's The records of the City of Norwich, vol I, pp.36-37.
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Created 08/01/2007 by Droip. Modified 03/12/2018 by Droip.