This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...the Bishops, Abbots, and Barons of the realm attended, for the purpose of making promotions in the Church. In 1144 Stephen again held his court here. In the reign of Henry II. a council of the states was convened at Northampton, before whom Archbishop Becket was summoned to appear for not assenting to the celebrated statutes of Clarendon. The King of Scotland with the Scotch Bishops and Abbots attended this council; and the formation of this convention has been considered the model by which succeeding parliaments have been constituted. In the 10th year of his reign, John, having been offended with the citizens of London, commanded the exchequer to be removed to Northampton. Henry III. frequently made Northampton his residence, and honoured it with particular marks of his favour. In the year 1279, on Good Friday, the Jews residing in this town crucified a Christian boy; but he survived their cruelty, and fifty of them were condemned to he drawn at horses' tails and hanged; which sentence was executed. In the preceding year 300 Jews suffered death here for clipping the coin. Edward I. frequently resided at Northampton, and on his death a parliament was once more held at Northampton to settle the ceremonial of his burial, and the marriage and coronation of his successor. In the reign of Edward III. several parliaments were held at Northampton. In 1460 Henry VI. made this the place of rendezvous for his forces, prior to the fierce and bloody battle which was fought between his forces and the Yorkists under the Earl of March, when Henry was defeated and taken prisoner. Northampton was visited by Queen Elizabeth in 1563, and by King Charles I. in 1604. In 1637 it was ravaged by the plague, and in 1642 it was fortified by the parliamentary...
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