Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs: 1241-2

Pages 9-10

Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London 1188-1274. Originally published by Trübner, London, 1863.

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A.D. 1241. Sheriffs.: John Fitz-John Vyel,; Thomas de Dureme,

In this year, an eclipse of the sun took place within the (fn. 1) quinzaine of Saint Michael, about the (fn. 2) ninth hour, while Roger, Bishop of London, was being buried. In this year, Ralph Eswy was made Mayor, and so continued for three years. On the Feast of Saints Fabianus and Sebastianus [20 January] in this year, Earl Richard, brother of King Henry, returned from the Holy Land to London, it being the six-and-twentieth year of the reign of that king; and in the same year his lordship the King asked leave of the citizens of London, at Saint Paul's Cross, that he might pass over into Gascoigne, to aid the Count de la Marche against the King of France; and soon after, crossed over. In this year, William (fn. 3) de Marisco, who had been convicted of treason against his lordship the King, was taken in the isle of (fn. 4) Lundey by William Bardulf and Richard de Warenne, and brought to the Tower of London. Afterwards, on the Vigil of Saint James the Apostle [25 July] he was drawn and hanged, and on the morrow of Saint James divided into four parts, one of which, together with his head, remained suspended at London, and another part (fn. 5)


  • 1. A space of fifteen days, reckoning as full days both the first and last; our fortnight.
  • 2. I. e. three in the afternoon.
  • 3. Or "of the Marsh."
  • 4. Off the coast of Devonshire; in the Bristol Channel.
  • 5. The sentence is incomplete.