1242 - Robert Hode kills man at North Petherton
|Topic||Robert Hode outlawed for manslaughter at North Petherton in Somerset|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-10. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.
Walter Bragge, Robert Hode, William the little miller (le petit muner), and Margery his wife beat Jordan Heywulf' so that he died. William and Margery fled to the church of Perton' and abjured the realm. William was in the tithing of the Hospital of Perton'. Therefore it is in mercy. His chattels, 3s., for which the sheriff must answer. Walter and Robert have fled. Therefore let them be exacted and outlawed. They were in the same tithing. Therefore it is in mercy. They had no chattels.
MS ref.: Membrane 22d.
MS Entry #1108.
Date of MS cf. p. lxxvi.
Heading in MS: "THE HUNDRED OF NORPERTON3 COMES BY TWELVE".
Note 3 (editorial): "North Petherton".
The court session began in the quindene of Hilary (Jan. 27 to Feb. 2) and took place at Ilchester; justices were Roger de Thurkilby, Gilbert de Preston, William de Sancto Edmundo, and Alan de Farnham (cf. Healey pp. 135-36).
Is this a murder rather than a manslaughter case? A little miller in the company of a criminal Robin Hood makes one think of Much the Miller's son.
- Not included Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- PRO Just1/756 m. 22d. Not seen; cf. Lynley below.
- Healey, Charles E.H. Chadwyck, ed. Somersetshire Pleas (Civil and Criminal), from the Rolls of the Itinerant Justices (Close of the 12th Century–41 Henry III.) (Somerset Record Society, vol. XI) (London, 1897), p. 298.