was an accessory, that is, he held her while the said B. took her maidenhood (or  he lay with her after etc. or aided in some other way). And that he did this  wickedly and in felony she offers to prove against him as the court may award.  The appellee may here be set free by the country [or convicted] though the  principal is convicted.
 1<Man-made as well as divine law forbid the rape of women. [In ancient times the  practice was as follows: if a man meets2 a woman or comes across her somewhere,  whether she is alone or has companions, he is to let her go in peace; if he touches  her indecorously he breaks the king's ordinance and shall give compensation in  accordance with the judgment of the county court; if he throws her upon the  ground against her will, he forfeits the king's grace; if he shamelessly disrobes her  and places himself upon her, he incurs the loss of all his possessions; and if he lies  with her, he incurs the loss of his life and members. Athelstan.]3 By the law of the  Romans, the Franks and the English, even his horse shall to his ignominy be put  to shame upon its scrotum and its tail, which shall be cut off as close as possible to  the buttocks. If he has a dog with him, a greyhound or some other, it shall be put  to shame in the same way; if a hawk, let it lose its beak, its claws and its tail. The  land and money which the ravisher lost through his amercement shall be given to  the woman, the king warranting the whole to her. And if she was a whore before,  she was not a whore then, since by crying out against his wicked deed she refused  her consent. If some dispensations are nowadays provided, for instance, that the  ravishers may receive those they have ravished in marriage, that is not by law but  by permission of Holy Church and the king. That permission belongs to the king  alone within the realm. It first arose in France in the case of a certain count who  gave hospitality to a jester and his beautiful wife. When the jester died (and  how he died we do not care to recount) the count had her against her will. One  night, however, she escaped from the castle and fled to Paris, where she found  King Robert,4 and falling at his feet told him what had happened. As [soon as]  the king had heard her he sent for the bishops and barons who were then at court  and ordered the woman to tell them what she had told him, which she did. The  king, on the advice of the bishops and barons, ordered