Excerpt from Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1906, Vol. 6 The early part of the fifteenth century was a lawless age, not least so in Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the midlands. The Plea Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office are stimu lating reading. They show us that murders, thefts, robberies, rapes, and other deeds of rapine and violence were very prevalent; and that the perpetrators of these flagrant acts, were not so much the poorer classes as knights, esquires, gentlemen, landowners, and even ecclesiastical dignitaries.1 And very often, after perpetrating some dastardly outrage, or even series of outrages, and being in consequence appro hended by the sheriff and taken before the king's courts, the malefactor would produce a general pardon from the King, and get off scot-free. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.