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1585 - Lutterell, Thomas - Petition of Students of Gray's Inn

Allusion
Date c. 1585
Author Lutterell, Thomas
Title The humble peticion of the students of Graies Inne
Mentions Woods (a.k.a. Robin Hood's) stake (archery target at Finsbury Fields)

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-31. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

Allusion

The humble peticion of the students of Graies Inne.— That whereas we Thomas Lutterell and others students in Grayes Inne throughe or unadvised facte in defacinge Woods stake [a.k.a. Robin Hood's stake] have incurred yor honors heavye displeasure for wch we are more greeved then for our present imprisonment Wee therefore wth sorowfull & submissive myndes most humblie beseache your Lps of your accustomed goodnesses to have favourable consideracion of us in this case and to measure the matter wth our meaninge wch was voyde of gyvinge any cause of offence unto your honours.[1]

Source notes

Editor's brackets. Editor cites source as "Burleigh papers, cvi. 20, Lansdowne MSS", noting that the letter evidently refers to the defacing of Robin Hood's stake (for which see entry of the allusion 1585 - Buck, John - Pension Book of Gray's Inn).

IRHB comments

The archery targets, "stakes", on Finsbury Fields had names. One of them was Robin Hood's Stake;[2] presumably this was the object of the vandals' attention. This item has not been mentioned in previous studies.

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