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Chaucer may not have been aware of measures such as that of 1356 providing that cases in the sheriff's courts of London be pleaded in English, or of an act of parliament (1362) to the same effect for the royal courts. But he himself was to accomplish much more than these by abandoning the French tongue for the English of the midlands in the famous Canterbury Tales. To be sure, the tales were imported, but the tellers, the pilgrims, were typically English. " William Nassynton, writing in Chaucer's day, says: Some can French and no Latin That have used courts and dwelled therein: And some can of Latin a party That can French full febelly.
But it was felt that his presence and services were vital to his county, and after all, one function of the representatives was to report on their sheriff. The exclusion of lawyers was based on the charge that they advanced the interests of individual clients instead of the community as a whole, but this attitude was temporary, and we shall hear much of the lawyers in parliament. " Probably in early days representatives of the shires were elected, not merely by the small tenants-in-chief, but by all the freeholders of the county who were assembled in the county court.
8 Yet we must remember that not all Englishmen had as many difficulties as the Pastons. Further, it has been suggested that the Tudors found it good policy to play up the evils they had so adroitly remedied. The age was not without some cultural interest. The Italian humanist Poggio was in England from 1418 to 1422. The very persons who figure as leaders of factions were notable as patrons. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, interested himself in the classics, corresponded with scholars abroad, and even invited Italian humanists to England, one of whom, Titus Livius of Forli, at the duke's request wrote a life of Henry V in Latin.
A short history of parliament 1295-1642 by Faith Thompson