A representative assembly in England that, by the fourteenth century, was made of great lords (both lay and ecclesiastical), and representatives from two other groups: shire knights and burgesses.
Related term(s): Parlement; Estates General
Category: Government and Law
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.