Central Government in 1376

The executive arm of the government of England was managed by the council for much of the Middle Ages. In practice this small advisory group carried out a lot of the decision making and administration of justice in everyday matters as well as advising the king. It was made up of the Chancellor, the Treasurer, the Keeper of the Privy Seal, the judges and barons of the exchequer. On occasion senior magnates might also participate.

The three senior administrative positions in the government were the Chancellor, Treasurer and Keeper of the Privy Seal. In 1376 these posts were filled by:

Chancellor: Sir John Knyvet

Treasurer: Richard le Scrope, 1st Baron Scrope of Bolton

Keeper of the Privy Seal: Nicholas Carew

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