An abjurer caught in the realm

Another soldier turned to crime in aftermath of demobilization: on 14 April 1440 John Parker of Elmstone, Kent, soldier, took sanctuary in the church of St. Botulph without Bishopsgate in London (here pictured in mid-16th century Agas map, just outside the city walls)

https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/agas.htm

He confessed to the coroner the burglary of Richard Hert’s house at Hoxton, Middlesex. He abjured the realm and was sent on his way to Dover with a cross in his hand to show his status as abjurer.

But – like others who show up in subsequent records – he apparently didn’t leave the realm: he was caught 10 days later and hanged soon after.

TNA, KB 29/73, m. 22d, http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H6/KB29no73/bKB29no73dorses/IMG_0149.htm

TNA, KB 9/232/1, mm. 55-56; KB 29/73, m. 22d.

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