Striking in the King's Court
Striking in the King's Court was a crime in the Royal courts of
Great Britain. As the King's palace was exempt from the jurisdiction of any civil or ecclesiastical court, it had its own laws. If one were to strike another and draw blood within the palace where the king or queen resides, or within 200 feet of its outer gate, one could be found guilty of this crime.
The punishment was designed to act as a strong deterrent for others, and so was carried out with solemnity and ceremony. The
Serjeant of the King's Wood-Yardbrings to the place of execution a square block and rope. The Yeoman of the Scullerylights a fire by the block, which is used to heat the searing-irons (brought by the chief farrier. The chief officers of the cellarand pantrybring the criminal a cup of red wineand a manchetrespectively. The Serjeant of the Ewrybrings linnenfor the coming wound, and the Master Cookbrings a sharp dresser-knifeto cut the bandage.
surgeonperforms an amputationof the criminal's right hand, after which he or she is imprisoned for the rest of their life, fined and ransomed at the King's Will.
By 1740, although still law, nobody had been found guilty for many years [The State of Britain, 35th Edition, 1742] .
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