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Close Rolls, Henry V: March 1414

Pages 176-177

Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry V: Volume 1, 1413-1419. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1929.

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March 1414

Membrane 24d.
March 28.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to cause notice to be given and proclamation made on behalf of the king that, whereas at the instigation of the evil one divers liege subjects of the king, holding, teaching and preaching opinions contrary to sound doctrine and the catholic faith, have conspired to compass the death of the king and of lords of the realm spiritual and temporal, as divers of them who were condemned to death have confessed, for that the king gave them no assent and favour but resisted them, as became a catholic prince and as he and his noble forefathers were bound by oath to do upon their accession, being aware that in time to come many, perhaps his true lieges, may be impeached for this of hatred and malice or upon untrue information, and are like to suffer injury in person and in goods, of reverence for him who has granted protection and victory over all such enemies, willing to offer indulgence to all offenders that they perish not in their sins, for the peace and safety of the lieges, not at the prayer of any man but moved by his own clemency, for that his choice is rather to pity and spare the erring than to punish the innocent for the guilty, the king has pardoned all lieges of whatsoever estate and degree for all treasons by them committed in that behalf, except John Oldcastelle, Thomas Talbot knights, Richard Colfox, William Parchemyn[er], Robert Shene clerk, Thomas Drayton rector of Drayton Beauchamp co. Lincoln (sic), John Hoper, Thomas Sarnefeld, Thomas Cheyne the younger son of Roger Cheyne now in the Tower of London, Thomas Eston mercer of London and... Elys, and except those who have for this cause fled to privileged places, those now in prison for the same, and those who being arrested and imprisoned have been set free by mainprise or have escaped from prison, so that before Midsummer next they shall severally sue for charters of pardon. By K.
Like writs to singular the sheriffs throughout England, and to the chancellor in the county palatine of Lancastre.
[Fœdera.]