Event: Writ-issuing/sendingS1242 - writ of Emma 2 concerning Ruishton
||Writ of Emma 2 (the king's mother) giving testimony concerning an estate at Ruishton, Somerset.
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Emma 2 sends humble greetings to Archbishop ∆lfric 105 and Earl ∆thelweard 23. And I inform you both that I bear witness that Archbishop Dunstan 1 assigned Taunton to Bishop ∆thelwold 1 in conformity with the bishopís charters. And King Edgar 11 then relinquished it, and commanded every one of his thegns who had any land on the estate that they should hold it in conformity with the bishopís wish, or else give it up. And the king then said that he had no land to grant out, when he durst not, for fear of God, retain the headship himself; and moreover he then put Ruishton under the bishopís control. And then Wulfgyth 4 rode to me at Combe and sought me. And I then, because she was my kinswoman, and ∆lfswith 14 because he (i.e. Leofric 74) was her brother, obtained from Bishop ∆thelwold 1 that they (i.e. Wulfgyth 4 and Leofric 74) might enjoy the land for their lifetime, and after their death the land should go to Taunton, with produce and men, just as it stood. And with great difficulty we two brought matters to this conclusion. Now I have been told that Bishop ∆thelwold 1 and I must have obtained the title-deed [boc] from Leofric 74 by force. Now I, who am alive, am not aware of any force any more than he would be, if he were still alive. For Leofric 74 had a new title-deed [boc]; when he gave it up he thereby manifested that he would engage in no false dealings in the matter. Then Bishop ∆thelwold 1 told him that none of his successors could dispossess him. He then commanded two documents to be written, one he kept himself, the other he gave to Leofric 74.
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