Friday, February 02, 2007

That's not very chivalrous!

Thou "Base knave, lowsie knave, drunken knave, base rogue, drunken rogue and beggerley rogue."

That's John Greene of Milton Clevedon, Somerset, according to James Hodges of the same, case number 255 in the Court of Chivalry, which dealt with duels during the reign of Charles I.

Richard Cust and Andrew Hopper of Birmingham University have detailed cases taken on by the court, providing an abstract on each case followed by a calendar of all the surviving documents, with some transcribed in full.

Well worth a look, even if you only try to find your own name.

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