Event: Assembly, Charter-witnessing, Crime, Forfeiture, Grant and Gift, Judicial decision/reviewS877 - seizure of Wulfbald 3's property and it donation to the king

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Description Charter from a great moot at London detailing and condemning the crimes of Wulfbald 3. The judgement is embedded in a grant by Æthelred 32 to his mother, Ælfthryth 8, of land forfeited by Wulfbald 3.
Year 989
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These are the crimes by which Wulfbald 3 ruined himself with his lord, namely first, when his father [Anonymous 1004] died, he went to his stepmother’s [Anonymous 1009] estate and took everything that he could find there, inside and out, small and great. Then the king [Æthelred 32] sent to him and commanded him to give up what he had seized, but he paid no attention and his wergild was assigned to the king. And the king sent to him again and repeated his command, but he paid no attention to it and for the second time his wergild was assigned to the king. Over and above this he went and took possession of the estate belonging to his kinsman, Beorhtmær 4 of Bourne. Then the king sent to him and commanded him to give up the estate, but he paid no attention and his wergild was assigned to the king for the third time. The king sent to him once again and commanded him to leave the estate, but he paid no attention and his wergild was assigned to the king for the third time. The king sent to him once again and commanded him to leave the estate, but he paid no attention and his wergild was assigned to the king for the fourth time. Then the great meeting was held at London; Ealdorman Æthelwine 2 was there and all the king’s councilors. Then all the councilors who were there, both ecclesiastical and laymen, assigned the whole of Wulfbald 3’s property to the king, and himself likewise to be disposed of as the king desired, either to remain alive or to be condemned to death. And he had made no amends for all this up to the time of his death. And after he was dead, over and above all this, his widow [Anonymous 928], along with her son [Anonymous 10010] went and slew Eadmær 6’s thegn, Wulfbald 3’s uncle’s son, and his fifteen companions [Anonymi 10003] on the estate at Bourne which he had held by seizure despite the king. And then Archbishop Æthelgar 8 had the great synod at London, and he himself and all his property were assigned to the king.

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