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ing was .ing was .ing$ let hi be arrested and go to the )*dg ent of water$ and let hi swear that he was not a robber or *rderer or thief or a re%ei(er of the sin%e the lord .# And if the lord of hi who was arrested or his steward or his en de and hi by &ledge within the third day after his arrest$ let hi be gi(en *& and his %hattels *ntil he a.e his law# .ing# And let the )*sti%es in+*ire this before the sel(es and the sheriffs before the sel(es# -# And he who shall be fo*nd by the oath of the aforesaid %ited or %harged as ha(ing been a robber or *rderer or thief or a re%ei(er of the sin%e the lord .nows# .ing was .Assize of Clarendon 1 Here begins the Assize of Clarendon ade by !ing Henry ""#$ with the assent of ar%hbisho&s$ bisho&s$ abbots$ earls$ and barons of all 'ngland# 1# "n the first &la%e the said !ing Henry ordained on the ad(i%e of all his barons$ for &reser(ing &ea%e and aintaining )*sti%e$ that in+*iry be ade thro*gh the se(eral %o*nties and thro*gh the se(eral h*ndreds by twel(e ore lawf*l en of the h*ndred and by fo*r ore lawf*l en of ea%h (ill$ *&on oath that they will tell the tr*th$ whether in their h*ndred or in their (ill there is any an %ited or %harged as hi self being a robber or *rderer or thief or any one who has been a re%ei(er of robbers or *rderers or thie(es sin%e the lord .ing$ to the (al*e of fi(e shillings so far as he .
e their law# 1# And in the %ase of those who are arrested by the aforesaid oath of this assize no one is to ha(e %o*rt or )*sti%e or %hattels ex%e&t the lord .ing shall ha(e all their %hattels# 2*t as to those who ha(e been arrested otherwise than by this oath$ let it be as it is a%%*sto ed and o*ght to be# 6# And let the sheriffs who ha(e arrested the bring the before the )*sti%e witho*t any other s* ons than they shall ha(e fro hi # And when robbers$ *rderers$ thie(es$ or their re%ei(ers$ who ha(e been arrested thro*gh the oath or otherwise$ are t*rned o(er to the sheriffs$ they are forthwith to re%ei(e the witho*t delay# 3# And in the se(eral %o*nties where there are no )ails$ let the be ade in a boro*gh or in so e %astle of .en0 and the )*sti%es shall send ba%.ing in his %o*rt before his )*sti%es$ and the lord . word to the sheriffs where they wish to ha(e the en bro*ght before the 0 and the sheriffs shall bring the before the )*sti%es0 and also they shall bring with the fro the h*ndred and the (ill where the arrests ha(e been ade two lawf*l en to %arry the re%ord of the %o*nty and h*ndred as to why the en were arrested$ and there before the )*sti%es let the a.Assize of Clarendon - /# And when a robber or *rderer or thief or the re%ei(ers of the be arrested thro*gh the aforesaid oath$ if the )*sti%es are not to %o e +*ite soon into the %o*nty where the arrests ha(e been ade$ let the sheriffs send word by so e intelligent an to one of the nearer )*sti%es that s*%h en ha(e been ta.
Assize of Clarendon .e to &rod*%e before the )*sti%e if they are so*ght0 or else let hi be in fran.e this oath$ so that no one stay away on a%%o*nt of any i *nity whi%h he has or %o*rt or )*risdi%tion whi%h he has held0 b*t they are to %o e to a. the .ing at the .8&ledges and to see that all are *nder &ledges0 and let the be sent before the sheriffs *nder a free &ledge# 19#And let no one in the %ities or boro*ghs ha(e en or re%ei(e the into his ho*se$ land$ or )*risdi%tion$ who he will not *nderta.ing4s ser(ants$ to the end that the sheriffs ay .e this oath# 6# And let there not be any one within a %astle or o*tside a %astle$ or indeed in the honor of 7allingford$ who shall ref*se to let the sheriffs enter his %o*rt or his land to (iew the fran.8 &ledge# 11#And let there be no one in %ity or boro*gh$ inside or o*tside a %astle$ or in the honor of 7allingford who shall deny entran%e to the sheriffs into their land or )*risdi%tion for the &*r&ose of arresting those who ha(e been %ited or %harged as being robbbers or *rderers or thie(es or the re%ei(ers of the $ or o*tlaws or those %ited in a atter to*%hing the forest0 b*t it is %o anded that they hel& the in .ing4s ex&ense and fro his wood if it is near$ or fro so e neighboring wood$ on the esti ation of the .ing4s will that all %o e to the %o*nty %o*rts to a.ee& in the those who ha(e been arrested by the offi%ers whose f*n%tion it is to do this and by their ser(ants# 5# Also it is the .
#And if any one$ in the &resen%e of lawf*l en or the h*ndreds$ a.en who has the s&oil of his robbery or theft in his &ossession$ if he bear an ill na e and ha(e a notorio*sly bad re&*tation$ and ha(e no warrant$ let hi not ha(e law# 2*t if he be not s*s&e%ted on a%%o*nt of what he has in his &ossession$ let hi go to the water# 1.ing0 and there let the be o*tlaws$ and if they ret*rn let the be ta. while there or his horse$ so that he is able to show an e(ident ex%*se# .en as o*tlaws# 11#And the lord .e their law and are +*it thereby$ if they ha(e a (ery bad re&*tation and are &*bli%ly and s%andalo*sly de%ried on the testi ony of any lawf*l en$ shall forswear the .ing the arrest# 1-#And if any one be ta.ing forbids that any waif$ that is to say a (agrant or *n.ing wills that those who a.ing4s lands$ to the effe%t that within eight days they shall %ross the sea *nless the wind detain the 0 and with the first wind whi%h they ha(e thereafter they shall %ross the sea$ and they shall ne(er ret*rn to 'ngland *nless by the gra%e of the lord .e %onfession of robbery$ *rder$ theft$ or the re%e&tion of those %o itting the $ and sho*ld later wish to deny it$ let hi not ha(e law# 1/#Moreo(er the lord .nown &erson$ be gi(en lodging with any one ex%e&t in a boro*gh0 and he is not to be lodged there ex%e&t for one night$ *nless he be si%.Assize of Clarendon / a.
ing4s forest$ let the latter sheriff arrest the 0 and indeed if he find o*t of hi self or thro*gh others that s*%h en ha(e fled into his %o*nty$ he is to arrest and hold the *ntil he ha(e s*re &ledges for the # 15#And let all the sheriffs a.ing# 16#And the lord .e a list of all f*giti(es who ha(e fled fro their %o*nties0 and let the do this before the %o*nty %o*rts$ and they shall bring the na es of these en in writing before the )*sti%es when first they %o e to the $ in order that they ay be so*ght thro*gho*t all 'ngland and their %hattels seized for the benefit of the .ing wills that as soon as the sheriffs re%ei(e the s* onses of the itinerant )*sti%es to be before the with their %o*nty %o*rts$ they shall asse ble their %o*nty %o*rts and find o*t all who ha(e re%ently %o e into their %o*nties$ sin%e this assize0 and they are to send these away *nder &ledges to a&&ear before the )*sti%es$ or else .ee& the in %*stody *ntil the )*sti%es %o e to the $ and then &rod*%e the before the )*sti%es# .Assize of Clarendon 1 16#And if he sho*ld stay there ore than one night$ he is to be arrested and held *ntil his lord %o e to stand &ledge for hi $ or *ntil he hi self se%*re good &ledges0 and he who lodged hi is also to be arrested# 13#And if a sheriff send word to another sheriff that en ha(e fled fro his %o*nty to the other %o*nty be%a*se of robbery$ *rder$ theft$ or the re%e&tion of those %o itting the $ or for o*tlawry or an offense against the .
e oath to aintain this$ and he shall %a*se to ta.ing wills that this assize be held in his .nights and freeholders of the %o*nties# --#And the lord .ing0 and the ho*se in whi%h they were shall be %arried o*tside the (ill and b*rned# And e(ery sheriff shall ta.e the sa e oath all his inisters and the baron4s stewards$ and all the .$ %anon$ or brother *ntil his re&*tation be .ingdo as long as it shall &lease hi # .s or %anons or any onasti% ho*se to re%ei(e any of the lower %lass of &eo&le as on. *nto death# -1#Moreo(er the lord .Assize of Clarendon 6 -9#Also the lord .nown$ *nless he be si%.ing forbids that any one in all 'ngland sho*ld re%ei(e into his land or )*risdi%tion or any ho*se of his$ any of the se%t of those a&ostates who ha(e been ex%o *ni%ated and branded at Oxford# And if any one re%ei(es the he shall be in the er%y of the lord .ing forbids on.
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