Very limited stock. To order, please contact the Press directly.The Parliament which met in Dublin in 1297 is important because it was the first time that representatives were elected with the power to bind their constituencies with the legislation of parliament. This development, which is at the heart of parliamentary democracy, was essential because of the difficult legislation necessary to deal with the rapidly deteriorating situation in the English lordship of Ireland. The rule of law had virtually broken down in many places, crime was rampant, and the so-called Gaelic revival was now posing a military threat, not least to Dublin itself.
A group of experts here analyse the different statutes which resulted; a new text (with translation) is provided; and the whole is set within the general context of the rise and fall of the English colony in Ireland.