249 Gower v Monke

The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640.

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Nicholas Gower of Motcombe, co. Dorset, gent v James Monke of Barricke, co. Wiltshire, husbandman

April - October 1638


Gower prosecuted Monke for scandalous words provocative of a duel. On 20 October 1638 Dr Exton was charged with proving Gower's libel, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

13/2c, Citation

Monke to appear by 8 days after receipt of this warning in the Court Military in the Painted Chamber to answer for scandalous words provocative of a duel.

Dated 25 April 1638.

Summary of proceedings

Dr Talbot acted as counsel for Gower and Dr Exton for Monke. On 20 October 1638 Exton was charged with proving Nicholas Gower's libel.


Gower did not appear in the Dorset Visitations of 1623 or 1677: J. P. Rylands (ed.), The Visitation of the County of Dorset, 1623 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 20, 1885), G. D. Squibb (ed.), The Visitation of Dorset, 1677 (Publications of the Harleian Society, 117, 1977).


  • Initial proceedings
    • Citation: 13/2c (25 Apr 1638)
  • Proceedings
    • Proceedings before Arundel: R.19, fos. 434r-449v (20 Oct 1638)

People mentioned in the case

  • Exton, Thomas, lawyer
  • Gower, Nicholas, gent
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Monke, James, husbandman
  • Talbot, Clere, lawyer

Places mentioned in the case

  • Dorset
    • Motcombe
  • Wiltshire
    • Barricke

Topics of the case

  • provocative of a duel