Geoffrey Cockerel Facts:
- Geoffrey Cockerel was convicted of both false accusation & larceny.
- He was sentenced to death by hanging in Oakham, March 1349.
- Following the hanging he was cut down from the gallows and his body taken to the Oakham churchyard for burial.
- Not long after arrival at the churchyard cemetery he was reported to have suddenly started gasping for breath, jumping to his feet & running into the church for sanctuary.
- King Edward III, probably believing that there had been divine intervention allowing Cockerel to survive the hanging, let him go free.
- The Royal Pardon (letter of remission) was sent from Westminster on April 2, 1349.
Image Credit - Pearson Scott Foresman, donated to the Public Domain.
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