725 Wood v Travers

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Richard Cust. Andrew Hopper. "725 Wood v Travers", in The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ) . British History Online, accessed June 16, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/725-wood-travers.

Cust, Richard. Hopper, Andrew. "725 Wood v Travers", The Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, (, ). . British History Online. Web. 16 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/court-of-chivalry/725-wood-travers.

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Jervays Wood, gent v John Travers, Henry Burley and John Reeves

No date

Figure 725:

St Paul's church in the late sixteenth century. Jervays Wood complained that John Travers 'did poast upp your petitioner for a coward in a libel in the body of the church.'


Wood complained that Travers, Burley and Reeves had assaulted him at sword-point after Wood had urged Travers against stabbing a tapster with his dagger in a shop near St Paul's, London. Wood added that 'Travers did poast upp your petitioner for a coward in a libell in the body of the church of St Paule's'. Wood petitioned that the three men be brought to answer before the Earl Marshal, but no further proceedings survive.

Initial proceedings

EM342, Petition

'The petitioner, being lately in a shopp near St Paul's Church, London, there happened a falling out between one John Travers and a tapster there, and Travers drew his dagger att the tapster. And because your petitioner advised him to the contrary, Travers grew inraged and used unmanly behaviour in ridiculous manner towards your petitioner and others that were then in his company.

May it please your lordship Travers upon his departing did injoyne the man of the house that he might see your petitioner the next day at his house, at whose request your petitioner accordingly met Travers, who then disclaimed any injurie the petitioner had done him; yet notwithstanding Travers within 4 nights after sent your petitioner a challenge in writing by the hand of one Henry Burley which your petitioner can produce.

Also may it please your honor John Travers together with Burley and one John Reeves, did intrude themselves into the roome where your petitioner alone satt and then did assault him with their swords drawne; and urged the petitioner for satisfaction notwithstanding any protestations of your petitioner that he had done no wrong.

May it likewise please your lordship, shortly after, not resting contented with those in former wrongs done unto the petitioner, Travers did poast upp your petitioner for a coward in a libell in the body of the church of St Paules London, to the utter losse of the petitioner's credit and reputation being borne and bredd a gent.'

Petitioned that Travers, Burley and Reeves be summoned to answer.

No date.

No signatures.


  • Initial proceedings
    • Petition: EM342 (no date)

People mentioned in the case

  • Burley, Henry
  • Howard, Thomas, earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Reeves, John
  • Travers, John
  • Wood, Jervays, gent

Places mentioned in the case

  • London
    • St Paul's

Topics of the case

  • allegation of cowardice
  • assault
  • weapon