1323 - Littele Johannes of Leicester
|Topic||Little John of Leicester accused of burglary|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-08-28. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-27.
Henry Cooper taken on suspicion of larceny and imprisoned in the prison of the town of Leicester, confessed that he stole a horse in Beaumondheye. He appealed Ric. le Thressher of aid in the felony and Ralph le Staleworthman dwelling in the street of the Abbey of Leicester that he helped him in a burglary and took 3s.. for his share of the clothes and brass stolen; he appealed also Geoff, le Pultere1 and Little John (Littele Johannes) his groom, Rob. Sabyn le Siveker and others for their share in other burglaries.
Et predictus appellator liberatus fuit ad Gaolam domini Regis Leycestrie.
And the said appellant was delivered to the King's gaol of Leicester.
The English text is Bateson's summary of the case from the MS Coroner's Rolls. The Latin is cited from the record.
Bateson (1899), vol. I, p. 379 n. 1: "Poulterer".
The case is perhaps properly dated with regnal year in the MS source, but the exact date is not stated in Bateson. In view of the dates of other cases treated by Bateson before and after this case, its date should probably be put somewhere between 1323 and 1326 (17 to 19 Edward II).
The terms "appellant" and "appeal" are more or less synonymous with "accuser" and "accused".
- Not included in 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.
- Bateson, Mary, ed.; Stevenson, W.H., ed. & revis.; Stocks, J.E., ed. & revis.; Stocks, ed. & revis.; Creighton, Mandell, introd. Records of the Borough of Leicester: Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Leicester (London; Cambridge, 1899-1905), p. 379.
Studies and criticism
- Nielsen, Henrik Thiil. The Literary Evidence of the Gest of Robin Hood and the Origins of the Outlaw Tradition (M.A. thesis, University of Copenhagen, 1990), pp. 90-91.