The Court of Chivalry and the Defence of Honour in England, 1633 - 1641

The aim of this project is to calendar and make available to a wider public the records of the Court of Chivalry in Charles I's reign. The records contain a wealth of detail about the attitudes and assumptions of the nobles and gentry and the quarrels they engaged in to defend their honour. The analysis explores these attitudes and investigates the impact of the court on the social and political life of England ont he ev of civil war.

Principal investigator
Professor Richard Cust
Principal project staff
Dr Richard Cust, Dr Andrew Hopper
Start date
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Completion date
Friday, September 1, 2006
Source material
About 80% of the source material comes from the records of the court held by the College of Arms, with most of the remiander from the court records at Arundel Castle, Sussex, together with other miscellanous material from the British Library, the Bodleian, Cambridge University Library and local record offices.

There is a companion volume to the web site, containing an account of the court’s history and summaries of the cases for this period:
R.P.Cust and A.J.Hopper (eds), Cases in the High Court of Chivalry, 1634-1640 (Harleian Society, new series vol. 18, 2006)