An abjurer found in the realm

At the end of March 1480 John Bere, a cutler from Bristol, took sanctuary at the parish church at Water Lambeth, Surrey, across the Thames from Westminster.

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Water Lambeth, Surrey. Source

Bere confessed to the coroner that more than three years before, just before Christmas 1476, he had murdered a certain Richard Hylles at Sampford Peverell, Devon. He chose to abjure the realm and was supposed to go to Dover to take a ship into exile.

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The ship Bere didn’t take … Source

But within four months he’d been found in the realm – as usual, pehaps he never left. Unlike other abjurers found in the kingdom, he wasn’t given a second chance: he was sentenced to hang.

TNA, KB 9/353, m. 66; TNA, KB 27/875, rex m. 9d (the latter reference from the generous Graham Dawson). Top image https://robertarood.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/met-moments-a-medieval-limestone-relief-and-a-polycandela/

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