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Medieval Sudden Death

Volume XLI of Bedfordshire Historical Records Society series is a set of translations by R.F.Hunnisett of medieval coroner's rolls for the county. Entry 59 reads: "About midday on 3rd September 1270 Amice daughter of William le Lorimer of Bedford went into "Wilputtesburne" in Cardington field by Cardington Wood to gather corn. Thunder and lightning occurred and she was struck and fell and immediately died. Maud daughter of Nicholas de Augul first found her and found pledges, Robert Holdebert and William Budell”.

“Inquest before the same coroner [Geoffrey Rouland] by Willington, Cardington, Cople and Eastcotts: a misadventure”.