Middle English Dictionary Entry

benk n.
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(a) A bench, a seat; esp., a long, backless seat; (b) a royal seat, the throne of a ruler; setten on ~, to put (sb.) on a throne, do honor to (sb.); (c) ~ ende, the end of the bench.
The bench on which judges sit; the judges collectively; a court of law; crien ~, to summon a court; lesen ~, to lose (one's) position as judge.
(a) An instrument of torture; (b) ~ of fet, a footstool.