arrowcase: Alice Barbour  c. William Barbour    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeMarriage
date28 Jul. 1490
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/0206: [loose folio]
remarks: This is presumably a suit brought by Alice to annul her marriage to William on the basis of his impotence
(one of the possible grounds for annulment). The witnesses are a "jury of matrons" (in this case women in their forties
and fifties) whose task it is to determine whether William Barbour is impotent, through examination of his penis.
On the church courts` employment of such juries of matrons or "wise women," see Jacqueline Murray, "On the origins and
role of `wise women` in causes for annulment on the grounds of male impotence," Journal of Medieval
History
16 (1990):235-49.
depositions
1490-07-28: Alice Bawdwyn alias Humfrey, Witness for Plaintiff
Asked about the impotence of William Barbour, testifies that after inspecting his penis, she believes he is impotent. Testifies that she was present at the solemnization of William and Alice Barbour`s marriage.

1490-07-28: Alice Nores, Witness for Plaintiff
Asked about the impotence of William Barbour, testifies that after inspecting his penis, she believes William Barbour cannot have sex or procreate, and describes damage to the penis in some detail. Testifies that William and Alice Barbour were married in the church of St. Michael around early February, 1490.

1490-07-28: Joan Prat, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, Alice Nores.

1490-07-28: Agnes Swalow, Witness for Plaintiff
Deposition incomplete/cuts off.