Memorials of London and London Life in the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries. Originally published by Longmans, Green, London, 1868.
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Trial and punishment for theft, by hanging.
15 Edward III. A.D. 1341. Letter-Book F. fol. ccxviii. (Latin.)
Delivery made of Infangthef, (fn. 1) before Andrew Aubrey, Mayor, and certain of the Aldermen, on Friday, the morrow of our Lord's Ascension, in the 15th year of the reign of King Edward, after the Conquest the Third.
Stephen Salle, of Canterbury, was taken at the suit of Borewald Meausone of Dordraghe, (fn. 2) mariner, with the mainour (fn. 3) of one hood of russet, one green hood, three courtepies of blanket, (fn. 4) two pieces of linen cloth, girdles, purses, knives, and other goods, to the value of half a mark, from the ship of the said Borewald feloniously stolen, at the Wollewharf, in the Ward of the Tower of London, on Thursday, the Feast of our Lord's Ascension, in the 15th year of the reign of King Edward, after the Conquest the Third, at twilight in the night thereof; whereof he accuses him. And he finds sureties that he will prosecute him for felony, John Lovekyn (fn. 5) and Hugh de Craye.
The jury appears, by Peter atte Vyne and eleven others; and they say upon their oath, that the said Stephen is guilty of the robbery aforesaid. Therefore he is to be hanged. Chattels he has none.