Rebellion and royal justice in Birmingham

As well as the power to appoint the court at Birmingham by a commission of Oyer and Terminer, the king had the ability to intervene in the legal process by letter from London. This document is a letter from the king at Westminster, requesting a writ to end a process in common lawGlossary - opens new window against two Warwickshire husbandmen, Alexander Preest and William Gee, who appear to have been implicated in Stafford's rebellion. The letter was originally folded in half and bound for security through slits in the parchment. The discolorations in the left-hand margin are traces of the seal that authenticated the document.
Catalogue reference: KB 9/138, m. 7 (20 July 1486)

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