Sir Thomas Malory, His Turbulent Career: A Biography

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Chapter VI
THE INQUISITION AT NUNEATON
SEATED on the Bench at Nuneaton with the Duke were Sir William Birmyngham (Sheriff-designate of the County) and two other Keepers of the Peace, Thomas Bate, Esq., of Arley, and Thomas Greswold, Esq., of Solihull. Greswold, it is important to note, was King's Sergeant as well as Coroner for the county of Warwick -- an office which in the 15th century was somewhat equivalent to that of Public: Prosecutor. For example, he was required by statute to go ". . . where houses are broken," and he was responsible for the attachment of criminals in cases of violence. Not long before this he had been acting in a judicial capacity against the Kentish rebels. Thomas Bate, the other member of the Commission, was at this time Escheator for Warwickshire. It will be seen, therefore, that the Commissioners were all men of exceptional prominence in the county -- a proof of the importance which attached to the occasion.Fifteen jurors, drawn from North Warwickshire, were empanelled and sworn, and after hearing the evidence they declared on oath:
(1) That Sir Thomas Malory, with his aider and abettor, John Appelby, gentleman, of Newbold Revel, had been arrested on Sunday, July 25, 1451, in pursuance of a royal warrant issued to the Duke of Bucking­

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