People/Characters: Robert Baldock

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The church and politics in fourteenth-century England : the career of Adam Orleton, c. 1275-1345 by Roy Martin Haines
Edward II by Seymour Phillips
Edward II by Harold F. Hutchison

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Robert Baldock: Chancellor of England in the reign of Edward II. The corrupt administration of Edward's later years is usually associated with the Hugh Despensers (father and son), but Baldock was at least as heavily involved. He extorted funds and perverted justice. When Edward II was overthrown in 1326, Baldock was placed on trial. Because he was a cleric, he was not sentenced to death -- but a mob caught him and abused him enough that he died soon after. It is possible that the climate of injustice created by Baldock helped inspire the Robin Hood legend, or at least that part of it found in the greatest and most important Robin Hood poem, "The Gest of Robyn Hode."

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