In an excellent paper entitled ‘The Last Week in the Life of Edward the Black Prince‘, by Paul Booth, I have just come upon this medieval gem:
“ . . . Stanley [yes, one of them] and Lascelles had been shown in 1353 to be at the heart of what contemporaries called a ‘covin’, a circle of corrupt officials banded together for mutual profit and protection, which included the beadle of Wirral, Ranulf Racket . . . .”
Oh, come ON! A Racket involved in a racket? You couldn’t make it up!
(I’ve simply plucked the map of Wirral above as a suitable illustration.)