Agnes, widow of Thomas Bermythier, states that her husband was murdered on 19 October in the King's twenty-eighth year, by a group of armed men procured by Laurence Berkeley, knight, Thomas Berkeley, esquire and Hugh Bovyll, then Sheriff of Rutland; and that the Sheriff empanelled a biased jury when the matter came before the justices of the peace, and Thomas Berkeley prevented her from suing with force and arms, and still threatens her. She asks the commons to ask the King to ensure, by authority of parliament, that she might be able to sue her appeal against these men and the process arising from it, as otherwise she is of no power to do so.
Nature of endorsement:
[On face] Let it be delivered to the lords.This bill is considered reasonable, if it please the King to let it pass.[On dorse] Let it be done as is desired.
Whissendine, Rutland; Uppingham, [Rutland].
Thomas Bermythier, husband of petitioner; Laurence Berkeley, knight; Thomas Berkeley, esquire; Hugh Bovyll (Boyvyle), Sheriff of Rutland; Henry Plesyngton, knight; Thomas Palmer, justice of the peace; Robert Flowre, justice of the peace.
The attack took place on 19 October, 28 Henry VI (1449), and the justices of the peace sat on the last day of October following. This petition must date from shortly afterwards.