WILDBLOOD, Hugh, of Sandon, Staffs.
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Wildblood’s return to Henry V’s first Parliament does much to counteract the view that Newcastle’s choice of MPs was largely dictated by officials of the duchy of Lancaster. Indeed, as a retainer of Hugh Erdeswyk*, who had previously taken up arms against the constable of Newcastle and other leading employees of the duchy, Wildblood must have incurred their enmity rather than their support. Erdeswyk was himself returned as a shire knight in May 1413, and it is tempting to see his hand in the election of his supporter. The two men were certainly on close terms during this period, as a series of indictments heard before Henry V at Lichfield in the summer of 1414 reveal. Wildblood appears to have played a full, and often violent, part in Erdeswyk’s feud with his neighbour, Edmund, Lord Ferrers, being charged not only with complicity in the murder of one of Ferrers’s retainers but also of an attempt on the life of their master himself. Yet in common with the other leading protagonists in the affair he received a royal pardon (issued in September 1415), with none other than Hugh Erdeswyk as one of his sureties. A yeoman of the same name from Bednall in Stafford