New Life Records for John Skelton as Rector of Diss, Norfolk (1514 and 1516)

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    This note introduces three new life records for the poet John Skelton. These documents shed light on his life between 1512 and 1516, and they show that Skelton remained in Diss in Norfolk into 1514, and left Norfolk at or shortly before the beginning of 1516. All three documents are plea entries from the Court of Common Pleas. In the first record, Skelton submits a plea of debt against the goldsmith John Page of Bury St. Edmunds in Hilary Term of 1514, and in the second two, the poet appears as a defendant in two suits of debt dating from Hilary Term 1516, filed by the executors of Sir William Danvers. Sebastian Sobecki reproduces, transcribes, and translates all three documents in this note.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-400
    Number of pages6
    JournalHuntington Library Quarterly, Studies in English and American History and Literature
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun-2020

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