admin wrote:... There were probably a not inconsiderable number of middle class men who owned a number of swords and various bits of armour...
Term: Michaelmas 1403
Writ type: Detinue
Damages claimed: £10
Case type: Detention of goods
Pleading: Robert Brayton claims that, with a certain 'John Wauterservant Whitby', he delivered to Geoffrey Aghton chattels to the value of 40s, namely one basinet, together with a vumbard and an aventail. However, GA will not now return these, to his damage of £10.
Pleading: GA says that he does not detain these chattels and offers his law, to be made at the octave of Hilary 1404. Pledges of law named.
1535. Pay 14s. 8d. the expences of bringing an heretic from London, and for one and an half load of wood to burn him 2s. for gunpowder 1d. a stake and staple 8d. Receive 11s. 8d. from sale of John Barley's harness, viz, a breast, a back, a gorget of mail, and another of steel, a salet, and a two hand sword.
Court of Common Pleas, CP 40/873, rot. 422
Term: Trinity 1480
Writ type: Detinue
Damages claimed: 40s
Case type: Detention of goods; Safe keeping
Pleading: Edward E. claims that John A. unjustly detains his goods and chattels to the value of 40s. EE says that at London on 20/03/1471, by the hands of John E. and Thomas G., he delivered to EE for safe keeping: 3¼ yards of black woollen cloth; 2 candelabra of latten; 40 yards of green say; one kitchen pot (cacabum); and three swords, one called a two hand sword, one called a bastard sword, and one called a buckler sword. EE says that JA now refuses to return these goods, and thus the present suit. Damages are claimed at 40s.
Pleading: JA defends and seeks licence to imparl as far as Michaelmas term 1480.
Postea text: postea 1 - further licence to imparl as far as Hilary term 1481. There is a marginal note next to this postea which says 'Discontinued and recorded by the court'.
These goods were valued in the Sheriffs' Court by John Cosham and Thomas Merton, mercer, as follows:
82 lbs. of brasile [red dye] at 3s. the lb.; 9 pieces of red bukeram [leather] at 3s the piece; 20 groos of gold of Lucca , 10s; 33,000 chestnuts (castons) at 16d the thousand; 7000 small white plates [for armour?] at 8s the thousand; 211 lbs. of coperwire at 4d the lb.; one long sword, 6s 8d; one cappe of bevere [cape/cap of beaver?], 2s 6d; one box of cipres, 8d; an old basynett with visere, 4s; 4 pieces of bokasyns of barbarie [bocasin – fine material] at 18s the piece.
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