Three Fifteenth-Century Royal Letters to a Disobedient Vassal

 

Letter 1: "Right trusty and welbeloved.  You are to come to us in haste.

Letter 2: "Welbeloved.  Recent letters commanded you to come to us but you have stayed at your own house in contempt.  Come with the bearer.

Letter 3: "You are to come in person to us in haste.  We remember your excuses for not coming when we sent our esquire .N. yeoman of our chamber to you.  At your peril. 

(Vale 165).