Development of Parliamentary Privilege

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
4,292
Dispargum
#11
More like there was a transgression, for which the vassal needed to answer. On his way to court and back he was protected by the lord
But did the lord or king protect the vassal from himself (the lord or king). What are the dates and places of these laws that protect vassals? At that time and place did the local king consider himself above the law? IIRC the first king to acknowledge that he was subject to the law was Henry II of England in 1172.
 
Jul 2019
555
New Jersey
#12
I think it is much earlier. Iirc Simon de Montfort basically gave a pardon (for lack of a better word) for parliamentarians from their travel to parliament until their return.
Also kings would call their vassals for "discussion", in which the vassals were untouchable until they returned home.
That's freedom from arrest for civil suits. That's very different than freedom of speech and favorable construction. Sir Peter de la Mare was famously imprisoned in 1376 for bring the Commons' remonstrance to the king.
 
Jul 2015
5,305
Netherlands
#13
That's freedom from arrest for civil suits. That's very different than freedom of speech and favorable construction. Sir Peter de la Mare was famously imprisoned in 1376 for bring the Commons' remonstrance to the king.
No entirely, at the feudal court the vassals were free to speak. It would be inviting a revolt if the king/count/duke didn't allow that.