Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda had sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor. Two days later his corpse was discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St Andrew's Chapel.
Mel Starr has spent many years teaching history, and has studied medieval surgery and medieval English. He lives in Michigan.