Catalogue description Petitioners: John Legat of Langley. Name(s): Legat, John Addressees: King...

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Details of SC 8/238/11898
Reference: SC 8/238/11898
Petitioners: John Legat of Langley.
Name(s): Legat, John
Addressees: King and council.
Nature of request: John Legat of Langley states that on the Monday after the feast of St Martin in the King's fifteenth year, a large number of armed malefactors, at the command of Emma, mother of Edmund de Oddynggeseles, came by night to Ickleford, broke into his house, seized his servants so that they did not dare to make a noise, attacked and threatened him, forced him to make fine with them and carried off his valuables. Edmund also assembles crowds of malefactors at fairs and markets, menacing the people, and they commit homicides, robberies, breaking of parks and other crimes, so that the country is as if at war. He also claims that he is of the King's chamber, and that the King will pardon him all manner of felonies and trespasses whenever he wants, so that everyone is afraid of him; and, although William Corbet, the new husband of Emma de Oddynggeseles, and others have been given a commission to arrest him and the others, they have not done so, because of the maintenance of William Corbet and Emma. William, Emma, Edmund and the others are continuing to threaten John and Margery his wife, so that they have left their home and are renting houses in Baldock for Margery and the children. William and Emma are also distraining John without reason by his plough-oxen and other livestock, so that he cannot cultivate his land in Ickleford. He requests a remedy.
Nature of endorsement: [None]
Places mentioned: Langley, [Hertfordshire]; Codicote, [Hertfordshire]; Cheshunt, [Hertfordshire]; Pirton, [Hertfordshire]; Hitchin, Hertfordshire; Ickleford, Hertfordshire; Luton, [Bedfordshire]; Baldock, [Hertfordshire].
People mentioned: Edmund de Oddynggeseles (Odsey); Thomas Edmondesman de Oddynggeseles (Odsey); William Edmondsman de Oddynggeseles (Odsey); John de Lodewyk; William [de Lodewyk], brother of John de Lodewyk; Thomas Legat of Langley; John Cheval of Codicote; William Punchardon; Richard [Punchardon], brother of William Punchardon; Walter de Gravele (Graveley); Richard de Perers of Cheshunt; John de Perers; Henry le Warner (Warrener) of Pirton; John Smart of Hitchin; John le Smyht (Smith) of Pirton; William Caunpion (Campion) of Ickleford; Henry de Braybrok; John [de Boveles]; Nicholas de Boveles; William Bryan; William Kaunvyle of Luton; John de Oddynggeseles (Odsey); Emma de Oddynggeseles (Odsey), wife of John de Oddynggeseles; William Corbet, knight, husband of Emma de Oddynggeseles; Margery [Legat], wife of John Legat.
Note: Probably enclosed with no.14718 of C 81/283, which is dated 9 May, 16 Edward III (1342). CPR 1340-3 p.449 is dated 10 March 1342, and may be part of the backstory to this petition.
Date: [? 1342]
Related material:

For instructions to the Chancellor to provide a suitable remedy, see no.14718 of C 81/283

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: French
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Publication note:

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edw III, vol. V, 1340-1343, (Public Record Office, 1900), p.449 (commission to the petitioner to arrest the malefactors mentioned here)

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