arrowcase: Joan Hancok  c. Henry Aprece    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

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typeMalicious Citation
date18 Jan. - 26 Feb. 1493
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 126v-129r, 141v-142r
1493-01-18: William Hynd, Witness for Plaintiff
This testimony is recorded in two versions - the first crossed out, then followed by the second. Both indicate by implication that the case involves confusion regarding two women named Joan Hancok, one the wife of Christopher Hancok, the other his sister. Hynd`s testimony indicates that the wife, Joan, was being sued by Master Henry Aprece, presumably a commissary court functionary, over fees she owed for the dismissal of a charge (over a "matter of correction") against her. Although Christopher, the husband, agreed to pay the fee, Joan was nonetheless suspended from her parish church, at which point Joan and/or Christopher went to the Consistory court to inhibit the suspension (presumably occasioning the present testimony).

1493-01-18: Thomas Hancok, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present in court when Master William Imbroke`s request that Joan Hancok`s fees be remitted was denied and when Christopher Hancok, husband of Joan Hancok, promised to pay Henry Aprece his wife`s debt of 12d; also testifies to hearing that Master William Imbroke, following Masters Aprece and Richard Draper`s suspension of Joan, sought an inhibition from the Consistory court to prevent the judge, Aprece, and the curate of the church from further proceeding against her.

1493-02-26: Henry Aprece, Response of Defendant
Responds that Master Roston, sitting as judge in the case, dismissed Joan Hancok as she had three times been summoned mistakenly, but had ordered her nonetheless to pay the court fees; and that he advised Joan Hancok`s husband to pay the fee of 8d to the officers of the court, and that the suspension was issued not by him, but by the summoner, John Foster.

1493-02-26: John Dowland, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present when John Foster summoned Joan Hancok to court and when, following her failure to appear, she was suspended at Foster`s instance.