The FIRST PART of a Brief Register, Kalendar and Survey of the several Kinds, Forms of all Parliamentary VVrits:
COMPRISING In 3. Sections, all Writs, Forms of Summons to Great Councils, Parliaments, Convocations in the Tower, from the 5th of King Iohn (1203) till 23 Edw. 4. (1483) to all sorts of Spiritual and Temporal Lords, Great∣men (Members of,) and the Kings Counsil (Assistants to) THE HOUSE OF LORDS: With other Rare Writs, and 4. Exact Alphabetical, Chro∣nological Tables: 1. Of all Abbols, Priors, Masters of Orders, Clergy-men, (except Bishops:) 2. Of all Dukes, Earls, Forreign Kings, Marquesses, Princes of Wales: 3 Of all Lay-Barons, Lords, Vicounts, Great men: 4. Of all the Kings Counsil (Justices, Clerks, or other Officers) with the several numbers of each of them, and of Bishops, summoned to every Council, Parliament, and the Years, Rolls, Dorses in every Kings reign, wherein their names are recorded.
Illustrated with choice, usefull Annotations, Observations concer∣ning these Writs differences, alterations, entries in the Clause Rolls: the Stiles, Titles, Additions of Patriarcha, Cardinalis, Electus, Confirmatus, Ma¦gister, &c. given in them to Spiritual; of Baro, Miles, Dominus, &c. to Temporal Lords; with their Baronies, Fealty, Homage, Oaths, right of Session, Iudicature: The Clergies forms of Procurations; Exemption from Taxes by the Laity: Our Kings Prerogative to call, prorogue, dissolve Parliaments, hold them by a Custos Regni, or Commissioners, by Patents (here cited;) to create Peers, Barons by Patent, special (not general) Writs (here registred;) to summon extraordinary Members, Assistants; Their proprie∣ty in Parliaments, dissolved by their deaths; The Power of their Counsil in, and out of them; The Constitution, Jurisdiction, Proceedings, Pri∣vileges, Ends, Duties of English Parliaments, Lords, Commons; Their in¦consistence with armed guards, seclusion of Members (by force, oathes, me∣naces) and with Scotish, or Irish Intruders; Their late differences from Councils. Parliamentum, when first used in Writs, Acts, Histories, &c. With other particulars. Publishing more Rarities, rectifying more Er∣rors in vulgar Writers, touching our Parliaments, than any former Trea∣tises of this Subject.
By WILLIAM PRYNNE Esq a Bencher of Lincolnes Inne.
Mercurius Trismegistus. In unaquaque arte tanta ducimur caecitatis caligine, ut maxima part eorum quae scimus, sit minima pars eorum quae ignoramus.
LONDON Printed for the Author, and sold by Edward Thomas in Little Britain, and Henry Brome in Ivy Lane, 1659.