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Above all, they were crucial in the conveyance of land. So manor courts survived because they met a need; in the sixteenth century they went through something of a revival. Courts leet normally met twice a year, once around Michaelmas and once around Easter. e. all males over 12) were required to attend. Numbers attending manor courts could be considerable. At the 1578 Michaelmas leet of the joint manor court of Cannock and Rugeley 265 suitors were summoned, of whom 190 attended. To them should be added the court’s officers.
Those charged with treason or felonies were not allowed to be legally represented. All they could do was question witnesses and make what answer they could to the charges brought against them. The trial jury then retired to consider its verdict. The verdicts were then given in open court. Sentence was pronounced by the judge at the end of the day. 1, giving figures for Elizabethan Essex, offers a rough indication of the serious offences, that is felonies, that predominated—whether heard at the assizes or quarter sessions.
Lord Hungerford was beheaded in 1540 (with Cromwell) allegedly for having sodomized his own daughter. Hungerford came from an accident-prone family; perhaps they were recidivists? His father’s second wife murdered her first husband in 1518 and was hanged at Tyburn in 1524. Even the episcopal bench was not immune to scandal. Edward Sandys, Archbishop of York from 1577 to 1588 was enticed into the bed of the wife of a Doncaster innkeeper. He was then discovered by the husband, who blackmailed him.