Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Murder of George Longueville

One piece of excitement in the 14th century was the murder of  Sir George de Longueville in 1357. The precise connection between this de Longueville and the other Little Billing de Longuevilles, while not obscure, is not exactly clear; however, we do know about his murder.

On November 9th 1357 king Edward III issued a
Commission of oyer and terminer to William de Shareshull, William de  Notton, William de Warenna and Robert de Wighthull, in the county of  Northampton, touching all persons concerned in the death of George de Longevill, “chivaler”, killed at Little Billyng.

We know no further details. The commission of “oyer and terminer” meant that the named men were authorized to investigate, arrest and try whomever might be responsible. From the King’s perspective the matter had been delegated and would be dealt with in an appropriate manner. There would be no further written report on the outcome; any local court records have not survived. We can only speculate. This may have been a quarrel, probably about money. Tempers boiled and Sir George was killed. It is possible that Sir George was the first to draw his sword or dagger and the commissioners may have decided that the accused was not guilty of the charge of murder. These things happen.

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