1426

Alternative title

The Parliament of Bats, 4 Hen. VI

Summoned

7 Jan. 1426

Assembled

18 Feb. 1426

Dissolved

1 June 1426

Session

Dates

1
18 Feb. 1426-20 Mar. 1426
2
29 Apr. 1426-1 June 1426

Long description

In the months since the dissolution of the Parliament on 14 July 1425 disagreements between the chancellor, Henry Beaufort, bishop of Winchester, and the London mercantile community over tunnage and poundage, and even more seriously Beaufort’s continuing struggle for power with the Protector, Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, had resulted in armed confrontation at London Bridge on 30 October. This prompted the return home from France of John, duke of Bedford, to resume the role of Protector, and by decision of the minority council Parliament was summoned to meet at Leicester, at some distance from London, whose citize