Galloping to sanctuary

Amongst the Beverley sanctuary seekers was John Marshall, painter of Banbury, Oxfordshire. He sought sanctuary at Beverley on 14 December 1479 for the death of a man whose name was unknown to him. He–somehow–killed him in a certain pit (delva) by Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire.

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Marshall must have hightailed it to Beverley, because he showed up there the following day, according to his confession recorded in the register; that’s 140 miles, which seems a very fast trip in the 15th century, even on a horse.

SDSB, 161

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