writ of summons
Date: 1660 a writ issued on behalf of the British monarch summoning a lord spiritual or a lord temporal to attend parliament

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  • Writ of summons — Writs were issued by the king to summon tenants in chief and others of the baronage to attend parliament on a specified day. Some received regular summonses to each parliament; others received only one. In time the summonses were issued to some… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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