testimony of Robert Adcok
|#71: Alice Parker c.  Richard Tenwinter  - Witness for Plaintiff, 1488-01-22|
|source||London Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065B, 2rv|
|summary||Testifies that he heard Richard Tenwinter and Alice Parker agree that they would have sex if he "made her a good woman."|
|subjects||Premarital fornication Ambiguous words of contract|
|placenames||London - St. Nicholas Shambles|
|english translation||latin text|
|On behalf of Parker c. Tenwinter|
22 January in the church of St. Paul
Robert Adcok of the parish of St. Nicholas Shambles in London, where he has lived from the last feast of St. Ursula, and before that in the parish of St. Sepulchre for five years, illiterate, of free condition, twenty-three years old, as he says. Inducted as a witness etc., he says that he first saw and knew Alice Parker on the day about which he will depose below, and he has known Richard Tenwinter for half a year or thereabouts. To the first and second articles, he says that on a day before the feast of Christmas last past, which day he cannot otherwise specify, he followed Richard Tenwinter to the house of Alice in the aforesaid parish. After they came there Richard entered into Alice`s chamber, this witness standing in the hall of the house. In that chamber, after Richard and Alice had talked together for some time, at last this witness heard Richard asking her if he could stay there all night with her and at first she said no and said that she did not dare because of the butchers who were nearby but immediately afterwards she said, "If ye will make me as good a woman as ye be [a] man, ye shall lie with me." And he responded, "I will." And then this witness hearing this said to Richard that he would [not] stay there any longer, and he left, leaving them together in the chamber. This witness deposes these things from his own sight and hearing. And otherwise he knows nothing concerning their contents. To the fourth article, he says that he knows nothing concerning its contents. To the fifth article, he says that the things he deposed above are true, and concerning the fame he knows nothing, as he says.
|Ex parte Parker contra Tenwinter|
xxii Januarii in ecclesia sancti Pauli
Robertus Adcok de parrochia sancti Nicholai ad Macellas, London, ubi moram traxit a festo sancte Ursule ultimo et ante illud tempus in parrochia sancti Sepulcri per quinque annos, illiteratus, libere condicionis, xxiii annos etatis ut dicit. Testis et cetera, dicit quod Aliciam Parker die de quo infra deponet primo vidit et novit in domo eiusdem Alicie, Ricardum Tenwinter per dimidium anni vel circiter bene novit ut dicit. Ad primum et secundum articulos [..] [fol. 2v] dicit quod die contingente ante festum Natalis domini ultimum preteritum, quem diem aliter nescit specificare, iste juratus sequebatur dictum Ricardum Tenwinter ad domum dicte Alicie infra prefatum parrochiam situatam ad quam cum venissent prefatus Ricardus intravit cameram eiusdem Alicie, isto jurato stante in aula eiusdem domus, in quam cameram postquam ipsi Ricardus et Alicia aliquamdiu communicassent tandem audivit iste juratus dictum Ricardum rogantem eam quod ibidem cum ea pernoctaret et ipsa primo negavit et dixit quod non ausa fuit propter carnifices prope existentes sed statim postea ipsa Alicia sic dixit, "If ye wil make me as good a woman as ye be man, ye shall lye wt me." Et ipse Ricardus respondebat sic, "I wil." Et tunc ipse juratus hoc audiens dixit prefato Ricardo quod [non] vellet diucius ibidem morari et recessit eos insimul in dicta camera dimittendo. Que deponit iste juratus de visu et auditu suis propriis. Et aliter ad contenta in eisdem nescit deponere. Ad iiiitum articulum dicit quod nescit deponere de contentis in eodem. Ad vtum articulum dicit quod superius per eum deposita sunt vera, de fama nescit deponere ut dicit.
| 21 Oct.|