By Faith Thompson
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The brass of another, John Fortey (d. 1458), shows him with one foot upon a sheep and the other upon a woolsack. Wool was no longer so much an export. The cloth trade was developing in towns like Norwich and, by the putting-out system, in the country villages. Parliaments did not lapse into disuse, nor were they attacked with a conscious aim to abolish them. Shortcomings there were, yet there were compensating factors: increasing interest in elections and readiness to serve; progress in defining procedure and a parliamentary "vocabulary"; even some nice bits of constitutional theory.
Habits of parliamentary initiative — especially that of the Commons — and a great deal of compliance on the part of Henry IV and Henry V, do give the appearance of a new character to the period" (Joliffe). Henry IV was enthusiastically received by most of the population, lay and ecclesiastical, and especially by the citizens of London, whose liberties had suffered at Richard's hands. Henry was, of course, already well known as Bolingbroke, heir of the great Duke of Lancaster, and had distinguished himself as a crusader in the armies of the Teutonic Knights.
The older basis of attendance did not disappear at once, but THE FORM AND COMPOSITION OF PARLIAMENT 31 we do have a small compact body of hereditary peers in the reign of Richard II. The hereditary principle was even carried to the point where if the land was alienated the peerage remained in the old family. " King Stephen first conferred the title of earl in this way. Richard II in 1385 conferred the title of marquis, borrowed from the continent. He was also the first to confer a dukedom outside the royal family (1397).
A short history of parliament 1295-1642 by Faith Thompson