212 Flicke v Cushion

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Nathaniel Flicke of Hardingham, co. Norfolk, clerk v Ezechiah Cushion of the same, husbandman

May - June 1640

Figure 212:

The church of St George, Hardingham, Norfolk, where Nicholas Crispe, the minister was assaulted in the highway by Ezechiah Cushion.


Flicke, the minister of Hardingham, complained that Cushion assaulted him in the high way in Hardingham, dragging him and tearing his clothes, and saying several times, 'Sirra parson, come out, I am a better man then you', by which he intended to provoke Flicke to fight. Process was granted on 9 June 1640 and Flicke entered bond; but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

5/90, Petition

Flicke 'being a gent and bearing armes, and a Bachelor of Divinity, one Ezechias Cushion of Hardingham in Norfolk, yeoman, came to the petitioner in the king's high way in Hardingham aforesaid, took hold of the petitioner, and dragged him up and downe, and did teare his cloathes; and speaking to the petitioner, said Sirra, Sirra parson, and Sirra parson, come out, I am a better man then you, which he often repeated in a most vilifying manner in the open street thereby to provoke the petitioner to fight.'

Petitioned that Cushion be brought to answer.

Maltravers granted process on 9 June 1640.

5/89, Plaintiff's bond

16 May 1640

That he was to 'appear in the Court in the Painted Chamber within the Pallace of Westminster'.

Signed by Nathaniel Flick.

Sealed, subscribed and delivered in the presence of John Watson.


Neither of the parties appear in the Visitations of Norfolk of 1613 and 1664.

W. Rye (ed.), The Visitation of Norfolk of 1563, 1589 and 1613 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 33, 1891); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, anno domini 1664, part I (Publications of the Harleian Society, 85, 1933); A. W. Hughes Clarke and A. Campling (eds.), The Visitation of Norfolk, 1664, part II (Publications of the Harleian Society, 86, 1934).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: 5/90 (9 Jun 1640)
    • Plaintiff's bond: 5/89 (16 May 1640)

People mentioned in the case

  • Cushion, Ezechiah, husbandman
  • Flicke, Nathaniel, clerk (also Flick)
  • Howard, Henry, baron Maltravers
  • Watson, John

Places mentioned in the case

  • Middlesex
    • Westminster
  • Norfolk
    • Hardingham

Topics of the case

  • apparel
  • assault
  • calling sirrah
  • comparison
  • provocative of a duel