The service of' King's Champion haD its origin in the ancient feudal law of Trial by Combat. His duty wasto present himself during the second course of the Coronation Banquet in Westminster Hall, fully armedand mounted on "the second best charger from the King's stables " with two squires carrying his lance andshield.During the fourteenth century the office of King's Champion was regarded with increasing respect andsignificance. By that time the Champion did not wait to make his first dramatic appearance in Westminster Hall, but rode in the Coronation Procession to the Abbey and proclaimed his challenge during the journeyas well as at the Coronation Banquet.The King’s Champion originally made his Challenge before the actual Coronation ceremony took place,which would make sense as there is little point in arguing about an act that's already taken place. Theappearance of the Champion is delayed until the Banquet to emphasize that the Challenge is an act of pageantry.During the Coronation Banquet there was a loud knocking on the great doors of Westminster Hall, and afanfare of trumpets announced the arrival of the Champion. Immediately the Earl Marshal followed by theLord High Constable, answered the summons. The doors were flung open, and in came the picturesquecavalcade. The Heralds came first, followed by the two squires carrying the Champion's arms, and thenriding between the Earl Marshal and the Lord High Constable was the King's Champion. Both horse andrider were fully clad in the finest armour. An Officer of the Household usually inquired in a loud voice themeaning of the intrusion into the king's presence, and, at a sign from the Champion, one of the Heralds proceeded to read out the Challenge at the conclusion of which the Champion flung down his gauntlet toinvite a challenger. Eyewitnesses described this part of the great ceremony as the most striking of all the proceedings on Coronation Day.At the Coronation of King Richard II the coronation was carried out in a most lavish and costly scale, andmust be considered one of the most magnificent of English coronations. For the first time the service of King's Champion was publicly proclaimed and applauded and definite fees were assigned to his office.These fees included the horse, saddle, armour, and furniture used by him during the ceremony, and, later,there was added a gold cup and cover weighing thirty-six ounces together with twenty yards of crimsonsatin for his mantle. But it was also decided that the King’s Champion could not claim all of these prerequisites if no actual combat took place. If unchallenged, the King's Champion full fees were a gift thatdepended entirely on the royal pleasure. Since no such combat has ever taken place in recorded history, theChampion's fee came to be recognized as a gold cup and cover, and a glance at the fine array of gold cupsstill kept at Scrivelsby will reveal that many of them lack covers. In the excitement of drinking theSovereign's health, the Champion usually forgot his gold cover and rode away clasping his cup. While theChampion was rarely awarded his full fees as originally propounded by John of Gaunt, there has seldom been any meanness over the matter of accoutrements. Most Sovereigns have insisted, no matter what statethe Treasury happened to be in at the time, on their Champion being well provided for.Sir John served as the king's Champion at the Coronation of Richard II on 16 July 1377:
In the meane time Sir John Dimmocke had been to the King's armorie and stable, where he had chosenaccording to his tenure, the best armour, save one; and the best steed, save one; so that the said John Dimmocke having armed himself, and being mounted on horsebacke, came to the Abbeie gates, with tworiding before him, the one carrying his speare, and the other his shield, staieing there till Mass should beended. But the Lord Henrie Percie, Lord Marshall, appointed to make waie before the King, with diversothers, being all mounted on great horses, came to the Knight and told him, that he ought not to come at that time, but when the King was at dinner, and therefore it should be good for him to unarme himself for awhile, and take his ease and rest, till the appointed time were come; so the Knight did, as the Lord Marshall willed him.