Vatican Regesta 387
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'Vatican Regesta 387: 1448', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 10: 1447-1455 (1915), pp. 22-38. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103517 Date accessed: 20 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCLXXXVII. (fn. 1)

Secrete.

1 Nicholas V.

1447[–8].
3 Kal. March.
(27 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 11d.)
To John ap Eynon’ alias Paynot, rector of Teynton’ in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth, to hold for life together with the said church of Teyton [sic], value not exceeding 14l. sterling, one other benefice, or, if he resign them, any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases; notwithstanding the pope's late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5], etc. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. B. de Urbino. E. Pollart. Ja. de Steccatis.) [1 p. ✗. In the margin: Aprilis.]

2 Nicholas V.

1448.
Prid. Kal. May.
(30 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 12.)
To Richard Rudhale, archdeacon of Hereford, doctor of canon law. Dispensation as below. The pope lately dispensed him, then holding the parish church of Radno[r] Nova in the diocese of Hereford, to hold for life therewith any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased. The pope hereby dispenses him, who is a brother of William Rudhale, lord of the place of Gayton in the said diocese, has for a number of years exercised the office of sub-collector in the realm of England, and holds the above archdeaconry and parish church, value together not exceeding 30l. sterling, to hold therewith for ten years one other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church etc., within which period he is to exchange one of the three for a compatible benefice. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Ja. de Steccatis.) [1⅓ pp. In the margin: Aprilis.]
Non. May.
(7 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 22d.)
To Thomas Tong, rector of Beforth in the diocese of York, I.U.B. Dispensation to him, who is the brother of two knights, at their petition as well as his own, to hold for life the said church, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, and any benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | l. B. de Urbino. E. Pollart. L. de Castiliono.) [1¼ pp. In the margin: Maii. See below, p. 118.]

1 Nicholas V.

1447.
18 Kal. July.
(14 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 56.)
To Andrew de Fyffe, perpetual vicar of Marynton in the diocese of Brechin, M.A. Extension, motu proprio, of the letters (by which the pope has this day ordered provision to be made to him, a priest, of one or two benefices, even if one have cure or be a dignity etc., provided that such dignity be not major, value not exceeding 25 marks sterling if one have cure or be a dignity or a personatus, or 18 if not, in the collation etc. of the bishops and the deans and chapters etc. of Dunkeld and Brechin) to such a benefice, wont to be assigned to secular clerks, in the collation etc. of the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of St. Thomas the Martyr, Abbirbroth, in the diocese of St. Andrews; with dispensation hereby to hold together with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 6l. sterling, one other benefice, or if he resign the said vicarage to hold two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or major or principal dignities etc., namely for seven years if parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or one of each, for life if such other incompatible benefices, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the pope's late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5] etc. Litterarum etc. ([Pe. de Noxeto] | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Jo. de Cremonensibus.) [2¾ pp. In the margin: Ju(nii).]
Ibid.
(f. 57d.)
To Andrew de Tulach, a canon of Aberdeen. Motu proprio collation and provision to him, who is by both parents of noble birth, of a canonry of Aberdeen and another of Ross, with reservation of a prebend of each and a dignity etc. of one of them, and reservation of a benefice with or without cure, value not exceeding 25 or 18 marks sterling accordingly, in the collation etc. of the bishop and the dean and chapter etc. of Dunkeld; with dispensation to him (already dispensed by papal authority to hold two [incompatible] benefices for life, not being two parish churches) to hold any three benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, namely for seven years if two be parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or one of each, for life if not, and to resign them … etc. as in the preceding. Nobilitas etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Ossero and Moray and the dean of Brechin. Hodie specialem. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xx. B. de Urbino. Ja. de Viterbio.) [6 pp. In the margin: Ju(nii).]

2 Nicholas V.

1448.
4 Non. June.
(2 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 83.)
To Henry Skayfe, priest, of the diocese of Carlisle, M.A, Dispensation to him, who is a fellow of ‘Quenys College,’ Oxford, is of noble race and is studying theology, to receive and hold for life, together with the said fellowship, (fn. 2) any benefice with or without cure, even if a parish church etc., even if its value extend to or exceed 10 marks sterling, and to use and enjoy meanwhile the privileges etc. of the said college, or, if he resign the said fellowship, (fn. 3) to receive and hold for life any two benefices with cure and incompatible, (fn. 4) even if dignities etc., and resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases; notwithstanding the statutes of the said college and the pope's late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5] etc. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | L. de Castiliono. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.) [1¾ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 84.)
To Richard Langstrothir, (fn. 5) rector of Quenyngton in the diocese of Worcester. Dispensation to him, who is studying canon law, to hold together for life the said church, value not exceeding 12 marks sterling, and any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if another parish church etc., and to resign … etc. as above, f. 22d. Litterarum etc. (Pe. … pape, as in the preceding.)
Ibid. To the same. Indult for life to take and to rent, let etc. to any persons, even laymen, the fruits of his benefices, except the daily distributions, whilst studying letters at an university or dwelling in the Roman court or residing in one of his benefices, or engaged in the service of the prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England or any knight of the said hospital, or dwelling in the household of the said prior or said knight; with mandate of execution hereby to the abbots of Westminster, St. Albans and Fountains. Litterarum etc. (Pe. pape, as in the preceding.) [2 pp.]
13 Kal. June.
(20 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 85d.)
To Thomas Rent, nobleman, I.U.D. and lord of divers places, and his wife, noblewoman, [not named], of the diocese of Canterbury. Indult for each of them to have a portable altar, ‘cum clausula ante diem et in locis interdictis.’ Sincere devotionis affectus. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxvi. L. de Castiliono.) [Registered briefly.]
17 Kal. June.
(16 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 85d.)
To William Lambton, rector of Fylyngham in the diocese of Lincoln, M.A. Dispensation to him, a scholar in theology and of noble birth, to hold for life the said church [value not stated] and any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if another parish church etc., and to resign … etc., as above, f. 22d. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Jo. de Cremonensibus.) [1 p. ✗. In the margin: Ju(nii).]
1448.
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 89d.)
To Nicholas Cloes, archdeacon of Carlisle, S.T.M. Indult for life, at his own petition and that of Henry, king of England, whose domestic chaplain he is and a continual commensal, to visit his said archdeaconry by deputy, and receive procurations in ready money; with mandate of execution hereby to the bishops of Lincoln, Winchester and Carlisle. Meruit tue devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx. B. de Urbino. E. Pollart. Ja. de Rizonibus.) [In the margin:Ju(nii).]
6 Kal. July.
(26 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 91d.)
Grant and indult, at the recent petition of Hugh Midilton, turcopolier (turcopellerius) of the convent of Rhodes, of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, that he and his successors may in perpetuity, anywhere in the said island, except the council chamber of the master, be preceded by a macebearer (fn. 6) under their sole command. Ad fut. rei mem. Dispositione divina. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxxv. B. de Urbino. Constantinus.) [1 p. +. In the margin: Ju(nii.)]
5 Non. July.
(3 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 92.)
To the same. Safe-conduct for himself and a retinue of fifteen. (P[e]. de Noxeto. | L. de Castiliono. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.) [Registered very briefly: ‘Eidem conceditur littera passus in forma, cum quindecim equis, et sub data Romeanno secundo.]
1448[March 19–
1449, March 18].
St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 7)
(f. 92.)
To the bishop of Lincoln. Mandate to dispense John Averyll’ the younger of Mwnden Parva, layman, and Margaret Roys his wife, of the diocese of Lincoln, notwithstanding the impediment of spiritual relationship, to recontract and remain in the marriage which they formerly contracted per verba legitime de presenti, not in ignorance that John's father had been godfather to Margaret at her baptism. Oblate etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xx. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.)
1448.
Prid. Kal. June.
(31 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 101.)
To Hugh Midelton, turcopolier (turcopellarius) etc., as above. Grant and indult to transfer himself, for the business of his said office, to the Roman court and for as long as he pleases stay there, where he is now actually staying, without requiring licence of the master of the hospital and any other superiors. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Constantinus.) [1 p. +. In the margin:Ju(nii).]
Ibid.
(f. 101d.)
Confirmation, at the recent petition of the above Hugh Midilton, turcopolier (turcopellarius), of the undated agreement (exemplified) in the dispute between him and John de Lastico, master of the hospital, about certain claims made on behalf of the said office by the said Hugh, which agreement was arrived at between the said John, of the one part, and John Langstrothyr, preceptor of the house of Dalby in the diocese of Lincoln, then lieutenant of the said turcopolier, and other brethren of the English nation, of the other part. Ad fut. rei mem. Romanus pontifex, cui singulorum. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxv. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.) [3 pp. In the margin: Ju(nii).]
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 103.)
To Alice, marchioness and countess of Suffolk (Sofordie). Indult to her, who is of weak health, that her confessor may dispense her to eat flesh and milk meats, by advice of her physician, during Lent and on other fast days. Exigit tue magne devotionis. (Pe. de Noxeto. |—.)
To the same. Indult to choose her confessor, who may absolve her, even in cases generally reserved to the apostolic see, once only, and grant her plenary indulgence, once only, in the hour of death, etc. Benigno sunt tibi. (Pe. de Noxeto. | L. de Castiliono. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.)
Ibid. (fn. 8)
(f. 104.)
To Peter Bothe, scholar, of the diocese of [Lichfield? ] (fn. 9) Dispensation to him, who has completed his tenth year, and whose father and uncle are knights, after he has been tonsured and has attained his twenty-second year, to hold any benefice with cure, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a dignity etc., and to resign them, as often as he pleases, simply or for exchange; notwithstanding the constitutions of Otto and Ottobon, sometime legates in England, etc. Laudabilia iuventutis indicia. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxiii. B. de Urbino. A. de Magio.)
Ibid. (fn. 10)
(f. 104d.)
To John Weysy, prior of the Cluniac priory of St. Mary's de Thetfordi, in the diocese of Norwich. Dispensation, the fruits of the said priory, not exceeding 50l. sterling, being so much diminished that they are insufficient for his maintenance, hospitality and his other burdens, to hold for life together with the said priory any benefice with or without cure, even if it be a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and be of lay patronage, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxx. B. de Urbino. G. de Puteo.)
Ibid. (fn. 10)
(f. 105.)
To Robert Parsyt (rectius Parfyt), priest, of the diocese of Canterbury. Indult to choose his confessor, who may absolve etc., as above, f. 103, no. 2, mutatis mutandis. Benigno sunt tibi. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xx. B. de Urbino. D. de Luca.) [1 p. +. Registered more fully than the indult on f. 103.]
1448.
Ibid. (fn. 11)
(f. 105d.)
To the official of Canterbury. Mandate, at the petition of John de Pymo(n)t, clerk, of Rouen (containing that formerly Baptista, [now] bishop, then elect of Concordia, on the occasion of his being sent as nuncio by Eugenius [I]V to the realms of England and Scotland, and the parts etc. of Germany, Ireland, Holland, with faculty to confer the office of notary public on twenty-five persons, not being married nor in holy orders, granted the said office, in virtue of the said faculty, to the said John, who was then in the city of London, was a clerk, not married and not in holy orders, and was third in order of the said persons, and who took the usual oath etc.; and adding that he is not of the said realms, parts etc., but of the city of Rouen in Normandy, wherefore some doubt the validity of the said grant) if he find the facts to be as stated, to confirm the said grant, and, ex habundanti et pro tutiori cautella [sic], to grant him the office anew. Humilibus supplicum votis. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xii. B. de Urbino. L. de Costiaris.) [1⅓ pp.]
Ibid. (fn. 11)
(f. 106.)
To John Seloct, rector of St. Mary's, Sysdon, in the diocese of Lincoln, doctor of canon law. Dispensation to hold for life together with the said church, value not exceeding 18l. sterling, any one other, or if he resign it any two other, benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, notwithstanding the pope's late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5] etc. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Jo. de Ste[c]catis.) [1¼ pp. In the margin:Ju(nii).]
Ibid.
(f. 107.)
The like for William Spence, holding the parish church of Brogthon in the diocese of York, value not exceeding 30l. sterling. (fn. 12) [In the margin: ‘Non habet ad parrochiales etc.’ (fn. 13) ]
Ibid. The like for Simon Thornam, bachelor in laws, holding the parish church of Weston’ by Attilburgg in the diocese of Norwich, value not exceeding 30l. sterling.
Ibid. The like for Richard Bodoiier (fn. 14) , M.A., chaplain of Henry, king of England, holding the parish church of Shyngilfordi in the diocese of London, value not exceeding 12l. sterling.
1448.
Ibid.
The like for Robert Tost, M.A., an actu student in theology, chaplain of John, archbishop of Canterbury, holding the parish church of Sevenok in the diocese of Rochester, (fn. 15) value not exceeding 30l. sterling.
Ibid. The like for Henry Gurlyn', M.A., holding the parish church of St. Petroc, Bodmin, in the diocese of Exeter, value not exceeding 20l. sterling.
Prid. Id. June.
(12 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 108.)
To Thomas Bynham, a canon of the Augustinian priory of Wylmondsle in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to hold for life any secular benefice with cure or any regular benefice of any order, with or without cure, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases; with grant not to be prevented by the prior of Wylmondsle or any other superior from using the said dispensation, holding such benefice for life and residing thereat in person, serving it etc. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxx. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.) [In the margin: Ju(nii). 1 p.]
3 Id. June.
(11 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 108d.)
To Stephen Cloes (cf. f. 111d.), rector of Banham in the diocese of Norwich, M.A. Indult for life, at his own petition and that of Henry king of England, to take and to rent, let etc. to any persons, clerks or laymen, the fruits etc. of his benefices whilst in the service of the said king or any ecclesiastical prelate, or studying at an university or residing at the Roman court or in one of his benefices. Litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. Jo. de Cremonensibus.) [In the margin: Ju(nii). 2 pp. +.]
Prid. Id. June.
(12 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 109d.)
To John Bulman, rector of Hevyngham in the diocese of Norwich. Dispensation to him (who is secretary of Walter, bishop of Norwich, and was in the service of that bishop when the bishop was at Geneva and Lyons in the embassy of Henry, king of England for the union of the church and the healing of the Schism (fn. 16) ) to hold for life any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if another parish church etc., and the said parish church, value not exceeding 20 marks sterling, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and hold instead two other incompatible benefices, even if parish churches etc., notwithstanding the above ordinance [see above, p. 5] etc. Vite etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.) [In the margin: Ju(nii). 1½ pp.
10 Kal. June.
(23 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 110d.)
Translation etc. as below. The recent petition of John Benet, rector, and all the parishioners of the parish church of St. Ewin (Sancti Audoeni), London, contained that the feast of the said Confessor is celebrated there on the feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, and that the said rector and the priests and ministers of the said church are so much occupied with the office of the said Saint Ewin that they are quite prevented from commemorating and celebrating the office of the said Apostle. (fn. 17) At the petition of the said rector (who was at Geneva, Lyons and Rome in the embassy of Henry, king of England, for the union of the church and the healing of the Schism, and was in the service of Robert Botyll, prior of the Hospitallers’ priory of England, then the said king's orator (fn. 18) ) and of the said parishioners, the pope hereby translates the said feast of St. Ewin to the Wednesday after the feast of St. Bartholomew, in perpetuity, decrees that the faithful who visit the said church on the said Wednesday shall obtain the indulgences which have been granted for visits in honour of St. Ewin on the said feast of St. Bartholomew; and grants, in perpetuity, relaxation of five years and five quarantines of enjoined penance to penitents who on the said Wednesday visit the said church and give alms towards the burdens of the said church, the repair of its chancel etc., and the maintenance of the said rector, or otherwise. Ad perp. rei mem. Gloriosus deus. (Pe. de Noxeto. | lx. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.) [In the margin: Ju(nii). 2¼ pp.]
8 Kal. June.
(25 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 111d.)
To Stephen Clos (cf. f. 108d.), priest, of the diocese of Carlisle, M.A. Rehabilitation at his recent petition, containing that when he had long been in possession of the parish church of Ullysbi in the diocese of Carlisle, he was presented and instituted to the parish church of Banham [in the diocese of Norwich], and by virtue thereof obtained possession; that he resigned Ullysbi, not within a month, as he ought to have done, but three days after a month; and that, without having obtained dispensation, he (believing that he could do so, inasmuch as he had appointed at the Roman court an agent for the obtaining of the necessary dispensation, since deceased at Rome, and was informed that the said dispensation had been expedited) detained them together, against ‘Execrabilis,’ for about two years and three months, taking their fruits, and still detains Banham. (fn. 19) At the said petition and that of Henry, king of England, of whose household he is a member, the pope hereby rehabilitates him, and dispenses him to receive and retain the said church of Banham and any other benefices which he is at present holding or expecting. Sedes apostolica, pia mater. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxx. B. de Urbino. L. de Castiliono.) [1½ pp.]
8 Id. July.
(8 July.)
St. Peter's Rome.
(f. 127.)
To all and singular. Requesting a safe-conduct for John, duke of Norfolk (Morfforchie), high marshal of England, whom not without cause the pope loves, and who has to go to divers parts of the world for his business and that of the Roman church and the whole Christian faith, and for his knights, nobles, army and the members of his household. Cum dilectus filius. (Pe. de Noxeto. | A. de Magio. de Curia.)
1448 [Mar. 19–
1449, Mar. 18 (fn. 20) ].
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 138.)
Confirmation, at the recent petition of the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Combe (de Cumba), in the diocese of Coventry (containing that although the parish church of Naseby in the diocese of Lincoln is appropriated to the said monastery and the right of patronage and presenting a secular person to the vicarage belongs thereto, they desire, in order to avoid the scandals and dissensions which at times arise amongst the would-be presentees, to present one of their monks) of the said appropriation; with grant that they may in perpetuity present one of their monks as desired, having made his profession and being a priest, whom the ordinary shall be bound to institute. Ad perp. rei mem. Ammonet nos suscepti. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. G. de Puteo. L. de Castiliono.) [1 p. +. In the margin: Jul(ii).]
1448–9.
[Ead. dat. (fn. 21) ]
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 138d.)
To Richard, abbot of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Combe, as above. Dispensation to hold in commendam for life, together with the said monastery, value not exceeding 500l. sterling, any other benefice with or without cure, secular or regular, of the said or any other order, even if it be another monastery, be a dignity etc. in a cathedral, even a metropolitan or collegiate church (even if such dignity be major or principal accordingly), or be a priory or other conventual dignity, or be a parish church etc., and to resign it, [simply or for exchange,] as often as he pleases. Personam tuam. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. G. de Puteo. L. de Castiliono.) [In the margin: Jul(ii). 1½ pp.]
1448.
12 Kal. Nov.
(21 Oct.)
S. Pudenziana's,
Rome.
(f. 162d. (fn. 22) )
To the provost of King's College of SS. Mary and Nicholas, Cambridge, in the diocese of Ely. Indult in perpetuity, at the petition of Henry the Sixth, king of England, for him and his successors and each of the fellows appointed to transact the business of the college to have a portable altar, on which they may have mass celebrated before daybreak; licence for the provost to hear the confessions of all penitents of either sex who resort to the college, and grant absolution except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and enjoin penance, and for the provost and his successors in case of absence to appoint a master of the college as deputy in regard to the hearing of such confessions etc.; and licence for the provost and his successors to create as notary public a clerk of the college, even married etc., receiving from him the usual oath of fealty according to the form appended. Pura fides et sincera. (Pe. de Noxeto. | L. de Castiliono.) [2 pp. Camb. Antiquarian Soc. Communications, Vol. III (1865), pp. 49–51.]
Ibid.
(f. 163d.)
The like for the provost of King's College of St. Mary, Eton by Windsor, in the diocese of Lincoln. Pura fides. [Registered briefly: Nicolaus etc. dilecto filio prepositosalutem etc. Pura fides et sincera devocio etc. ut supra de verbo ad verbum mutatis mutandis, et sub eadem data et sub eisdem scriptore et secretario, et quelibet istarum habet suam dupplicatam. P. Ximini etc. et omnes gratis. L. de Castiliono. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape. See Hist. MSS. Comm. Ninth Report, part i, p. 351.]
1448[–9].
11 Kal. Feb. (fn. 23)
(22 Jan.)
S. Pudenziana's, Rome.
(f. 172d.)
To John, cardinal priest of St. Balbina's, residing in England, and the bishop of Bath. Mandate (the pope having been informed by John Westgate, promotor of criminal affairs of the court of William, bishop of Lincoln, that Thomas Atkyn, a notary public by apostolic authority, clerk, of the diocese of Lichfield, has forged a certain public instrument concerning the said bishop and John Ma(c)worth, dean of Lincoln, produced amongst the acts of the cause between the said bishop and dean which has been going on for some time before Master William Bout, a papal chaplain and auditor of causes of the apostolic palace) if they find the said instrument to have been forged, (fn. 24) to decree it to be null and void, and to deprive the said Thomas of his said office, without appeal, and otherwise punish him as they shall think fit. The pope exemplifies the said instrument:—
In dei nomine amen. Per presens publicum instrumentum cunctis appareat that in the year of the Incarnation according to the computation of the English church 1444[–5], indiction 8, the 14th year of Eugenius IV, March 8, in a certain upper chamber (alta camera) in the house of the Friars Preachers by Lu[d]gate in the city of London, there appeared in person, in presence of the below-written notary public and witnesses, William, bishop of Salisbury and Thomas, bishop of Norwich, Master Adam Moleyns, D.C.L., keeper of the privy seal of Henry, king of England, as arbitrators between William, bishop of Lincoln and Master John Macworth, dean of the cathedral church of St. Mary, Lincoln, appointed by John, archbishop of Canterbury with consent of both parties, with a view to arriving at a concord between them, especially in regard to certain appeals made by the said Master John Macworth to the apostolic see from certain grievances by the said bishop William and Masters William Byconell’, official of the court of Canterbury and John Stevenes, president of the same court, and in regard to [certain letters of citation etc.] obtained [by] the said dean [against the said bishop] from Sir Malatesta de Capitaneis, auditor of causes of the said palace and of the said appeals (fn. 25) ), which arbitrators treated with the said bishop William and Master John Macworth, dean, who were then present with them in person in the said chamber, and arrived at a concord in accordance with which both the bishop and dean agreed to give up any further litigation, and the dean to abandon his said appeals in the Roman court before the said auditor, and the letters of citation etc. obtained by him, as above, [from the said auditor] against the said bishop; (fn. 26) that afterwards, in the same year, indiction and pontificate, on the 11th day of the same month of March, (fn. 27) in a certain upper chamber commonly called the Star chamber, (fn. 28) in the royal palace by Westminster, in presence of the same notary and below-written witnesses, before the above John, archbishop of Canterbury, John, archbishop of York, William, Thomas, Thomas and Thomas, bishops of Lincoln, Norwich, Ely, and Bath and Wells respectively, all present in person, there appeared in person, by order of the said John, archbishop of Canterbury, the said Master John Macworth, dean, who, pressed by the said archbishop of Canterbury and aforesaid lords [archbishop of York and bishops] and divers others there present, made and read the following written cession and renunciation:—In dei nomine amen. In presence of you, John, archbishop of Canterbury and you, Thomas, bishop of Norwich and Thomas, bishop of Ely, and the authentic persons and witnesses here present, I, John Macworth, doctor of canon law, dean of the cathedral church of St. Mary, Lincoln, declare and set down in writing that although I have, from certain grievances by William, bishop of Lincoln, and from the said bishop, appealed directly to the court of Canterbury, and obtained therefrom a rescript etc. against the said bishop, and although I have subsequently appealed from Masters William Byconell’, official, and John Stevenes, president of the court of Canterbury [for reasons given] to the apostolic see, and although I have obtained the issue to Sir Malatesta de Capitaneis, an auditor of causes of the apostolic palace, of a commission to proceed, and although I have procured the citation etc. by him of the said bishop, I now, for the sake of peace, utterly give up and renounce the said appeals, commissions, citations etc. etc.; after the making and reading of which revocation the said John, archbishop of Canterbury, requested the said Master John with all possible haste to send letters to his counsel in the Roman court to desist from all further proceeding in the said appeals etc. before the said auditor Malatesta, the which the said dean promised to do. In respect to all which premisses the said bishop William and Master John requested the under-written notary public to draw up a public instrument. The foregoing were done, under the said dates and in the said places, in the presence, on March 8 of Master John Bechamp, I.U.B., and Richard Ireton, esquire, literate, of the dioceses of Salisbury and Coventry and Lichfield, and on March 11 of the above-named Thomas, Thomas and Thomas, bishops of Ely, Norwich and Wells respectively and several other witnesses, and the above-named notary, Thomas Atkyn, clerk, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, notary by apostolic authority, who was present, and saw and heard and, being otherwise engaged, caused the foregoing to be written by another, published and drew it up in this public form, subscribed it and signed it with his wonted sign [manual] and name.
Si reproborum errantium. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxx. H. Senstlebin [sic]. L. de Castiliono. Collationata et correcta per me Pe. Ximini manu propria.) [5½ pp. Between the last words ‘rogatus et requisitus in fidem et testimonium omnium premissorum’ of the foregoing exemplification of the notarial act, and the ‘Datum RomeAnno Secundo’ with which the pope's letter ends, is a caret, to which corresponds in the margin of the Register, in the hand of ‘Pe. Ximini,' the following, evidently added by him from the original act:—Constat michi notario de interlinear(i) istarum dictionumcurssumsuper primam lineam, ‘premissis' inter xi. et xii. lineas, ‘Elien.’ inter xxvi. et xxvii. lineas, etannointer xli. et xlii. lineas, ac de rasuris istarum dictionumWillelmumin xxviii. linea etuterquein xli. linea factis, a capite huius instrumenti computando, quas approbo ego notarius memoratus.]
1448.
10 Kal. Dec.
(22 Nov.)
S. Pudenziana's,
Rome.
(f. 175d.)
To the same. Mandate as below. The pope has learned that when William, bishop of Lincoln was visiting his cathedral (majorem) church of Lincoln and its dean, canons and persone, and had caused John Macworth, dean of Lincoln, to be summoned to his presence on account of certain crimes and defects which the said bishop had discovered by a preparatory inquiry, he caused a number of articles containing the said crimes and excesses to be drawn up and presented to the said dean for his answer, who, after the time appointed for his answer, in order to interrupt the progress of the inquiry, alleged certain grievances on the part of the bishop and appealed to the court of Canterbury, causing the bishop to be summoned before the official of the said court, and, upon the said official remitting the inquiry to the said bishop, appealed to the apostolic see. It being evident to the pope that the said dean's object is, by making the said appeals etc., to escape from the said bishop's obedience and jurisdiction and the said inquiry, he hereby, motu proprio, orders the above to summon him and others concerned, take up the said inquiry at the point where it had remained, proceed to make inquiry against the said dean in respect of the said crimes etc. and punish [him for] the crimes etc. which they shall find him to have committed; with the necessary faculty to proceed, and to punish and deprive him of the deanery and all his other benefices, etc. Urget nos evangelice. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxxiii. H. Senstlebin [sic]. L. de Castiliono.) [In the margin:No(vembris). 3 pp.]
17 Kal. Nov.
(16 Oct.)
S. Pudenziana's,
Rome.
(f. 202.)
To Robert, abbot of the Benedictine monastery of St. Martin, Troarn, in the diocese of Bayeux. Confirmation etc. as below. Lately, upon the voidance of the said monastery by the death of abbot Durandus, the convent assembled for election, upon which the major part elected the said Robert, prior of St. Mary's alias St. Saviour's, Dives (de Diva), and the minor part Peter Julin, prior of Réville (de Revilla), of the said order, in the dioceses of Lisieux and Coutances, both of whom had made their profession and were in priest's orders, and both of whom consented to the election and caused it to be set forth before the present pope in consistory for confirmation. The pope, at the report of William, cardinal priest of St. Martin's in Montibus, hereby confirms the election of Robert, and appoints him abbot. Divina disponente.
Ibid. Simili modo to the convent of St. Martin's, Troarn. Divina etc. …. Datum ut supra.
Ibid. Simili modo to the vassals of the monastery of St. Martin's, Troarn. Divina etc. … Datum ut supra. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xvi. xvi. xvi. H. Senstlebin [sic]. P. Davidis.) [In the margin: Octobris. 1¾ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 161.)
Simili modo to Henry, king of England. Recommending Robert, abbot of St. Martin's [Troarn] and that monastery, of which the pope has made him provision. Gratie divine premium.
Ibid. Simili modo to the bishop of Bayeux. The like. Ad cumulum. (—. | xvi. xvi. H. Senstlebin [sic]. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Octobris. These last two letters, which both occur on f. 161, are introduced by the formula ‘Simili modo’ and end ‘Datum ut supra,’ and are the remaining two of the concurrent letters belonging to the provision of the above abbey of Troarn as registered on f. 202. In the bottom right-hand corner of f. 202d. is the catchword ‘Nicolaus etc. carissimo,’ the same recurring in the top left-hand corner of f. 161r. before the words ‘Similo modo carissimo in Christo filio Henrico regi Anglie illustri ….’]
1448.
4 Id. Aug.
(10 Aug.)
[St. Peter's], Rome. (fn. 29)
(f. 203d.)
To John Rustell', rector of Wynfryth’ in the diocese of Bath, B.C.L. Grant as below. Upon its being set forth by him to Eugenius IV that he had been dispensed by papal authority, as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, and that he had thereafter been so promoted and had obtained the above church, that pope dispensed him to hold for life it and another benefice, or otherwise any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc., and also to hold any benefices of any number and kind with or without cure, compatible with one another and with the aforesaid, and to resign all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased, and hold instead for life any other compatible benefices, two only being incompatible, provided that they were not two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages; and granted to him that after he should become a licentiate in civil law by examination he should not be obliged to mention the said defect in future papal graces. The pope hereby grants him, who is of noble birth, an extension of the said letters to two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, notwithstanding his late ordinance to the contrary [see above, p. 5] etc., and grants moreover that even without taking the said degree his said defect need not be mentioned in future papal graces. [Nobilitas generis,] Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (—. | lxx. G. de Puteo. N. Monats [cf. below, p. 43]. [2 pp.]
13 Kal. Oct.
(19 Sept.)
S. Pudenziana's,
Rome.
(f. 210.)
To William Saundir, archdeacon of Anglesey in Bangor. Rehabilitation etc. as below. His recent petition contained that the late John Saundir, layman, his father, contracted per verba legitime de presenti and consummated marriage with the late Flena Davi, and afterwards with the late Margaret alias Marret Ferro(ur), a kinswoman of whom in the prohibited degree he had previously known, and from the said first marriage, solemnized before the church, had offspring; that, alleging that he had first contracted marriage with the said Margaret alias Marret, and proving it by witnesses, he was adjudged to her as her husband; that afterwards, putting away Flena and Margaret, he cohabited with Isabel Luce, by whom he had the above William and his brothers, and, alleging that he had contracted marriage with her per verba similia, even before the said contracts, he caused it, too, to be solemnized before the church, and got Isabel adjudged to him as his wife, and lived with her as his wife till his death, wherefore the said William, believing himself to be legitimate, had himself promoted to minor orders and that of acolyte and, after obtaining the parish church of Wotton Wawen in the diocese of Worcester, had himself promoted to all, even holy orders and ministered therein, and, resigning the said church, obtained the above archdeaconry. The said petition adding that when in the said minor and acolyte's orders, in the course of a contest with certain laymen of the diocese of St. Davids he wounded with a sword one of them in the face and then another in the hand, the latter of whom had his thumb maimed, (fn. 30) the pope, regarding him as born of a lawful marriage, rehabilitates him, if necessary, on account of his birth, dispenses him on account of irregularity contracted by the said wounding and maiming, (fn. 31) and rehabilitates him therefor, grants that he may minister in all the said orders, and dispenses him to retain his benefices and resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and grants that in future papal graces he need not make mention of any defect of birth. Cunctorum statui fidelium. (—. | A. de Racaneto.) [2 pp.]
9 Kal. July.
(23 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 216.)
Assignment of a life pension of 150 gold florins of the camera upon the fruits of the archdeaconry of Tortosa (Dertusen.) for Vincent Clementis, S.T.M., who was [recently] sent to the pope as ambassador of Henry, king of England, in consideration of the exchange which he proposes to make of the said archdeaconry. Ad fut. rei mem. Humilibus su[p]plicum votis. (—. | Jo. de Augerolis [cf. f. 217].) [2⅓ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 217.)
To William, bishop of Huesca (Oscen.), residing (fn. 32) in the Roman court. Mandate to carry out the above exchange, desired by the above Vincent, who was recently sent etc. as above. Apostolice sedis. (—. | Jo. de Augeroles.) [3 pp.]

1 Nicholas V.

1447.
18 Kal. July.
(14 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 220.)
To Vincent Clement, a canon of Valencia (Valentin.), S.T.M., a papal subdeacon. Motu proprio reservation, for collation to him, of a regular benefice in commendam for life, of any order, with or without cure, and of a secular benefice, in the realm of England, and one in each of the cities and dioceses of Bordeaux, Rouen and Valencia, of any value, of any patronage etc.; with mandate executory to the bishop of Huesca, the abbot of the monastery of St. Bernard without the walls of Valencia, the dean of Bordeaux and the archdeacon of Salisbury. Grata devotionis obsequia. (—. | D. de Luca.) [3½ pp.]

2 Nicholas V (cont.).

1448.
6 Kal. Aug.
(27 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 247.)
To Walter, bishop of Norwich. Indult to visit by himself or by deputy all, even exempt churches, monasteries and other ecclesiastical places, secular or regular of any order, in his diocese, and their inmates, and to punish, correct, imprison, deprive, even abbots, and make provision to other persons, reform etc., and to receive procurations. Personam tuam. (—. | D. de Luca. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.) [1½ pp.]

Footnotes

1 On the back of the volume is the usual modern label: Nicol. V. Secret. Anno ii. Tom. iii. Inside the cover is the front half of the original sheepskin binding, with ‘Liber Secundus Secundi Anni,’ ‘Tertius Secretus Nicolai Vti ’ and other contemporary and more modern notes. A flyleaf has, in the hand of Bissaiga, Nicolai V. Secret. An. ii. Tom. iii. At the end of the volume is the name ‘Gaspar Blondus.’
2 recipere et quoad vixeris cum dicto collegio retinere.
3 si vero collegium huiusmodi te dimittere contingat.
4 curata et se invicem incompatibilia beneficia, instead of the more usual curata vel alias invicem incompatibilia beneficia.
5 The second ‘t’ is added above the line.
6 aliquem honestum virum qui cum baculo seu maczia huiusmodi illos procedat: described more fully earlier in the indult: quidam honestus vir baculum argenteum sive macziam deauratam portans procedere consueveril.…
7 Incomplete date: Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum anno etc. millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo octavopontificatus nostri anno secundo, a blank space being left between octavo and pontificatus.
8 Datum ut supra.
9 A space is left for the name of the diocese, but has not been filled in.
10 Datum ut supra.
11 Datum ut supra.
12 This and the following four come immediately after the dispensation to John Seloct on f. 106d., and are registered in an abridged form, which is the same for all, mutatis mutandis. The first runs: Similis dispensatio pro Willelmo Spence possidente parrochialem ecclesiam de Brogthon Eboracensis diocesis valoris xxx librarum sterlingorum secundum communem etc. sub eadem data et eodem secretario, et eiusdem taxe. L. de Castiliono (as also in the following four). [In the left margin: Pe. de Noxeto (this might have been omitted here, and is in fact omitted from the following four, he being the secretary. In the right margin: Non habet …., as noted above (this does not occur in the margin of the following four)
13 i. e. without the clause ‘even if they be two parish churches etc.’
14 i. e. the ‘Bowyer’ of Nowcourt. The ‘w’ has presumably suffered.
15 Rossen., rectius Roffen., which suggests that ‘Tost’ may also be an error for ‘Toft.’
16 qui ut asseris venerabilis fratris nostri Walteri Norwicensis episcopi secretarius existis, ipsiusque dum in carissimi filii nostri Henrici regis Anglie illustris ambatiata pro ecclesie unionc et sedando scismate Gebennis et Lugdunis [sic] extiterat obsequiis institisti (this word is badly written). Cf. 110d.
17 quod a memoria ac cultu officii ipsius apostoli …. penitus retrahuntur.
18 qui in carissimi filii nostri Henrici regis Anglie illustris ambaciata pro ecclesie unione et sedando scismate Gebonnis [sic] Lugduni et in Alma Urbe extiterat necnon dilecti filii nostri Robertioratoris obsequiis insistebat. Cf. f. 109d.
19 The text is defective: exhibita siquidem nobis nuper pro parte tua petitio continebat quod olim tu parrochialem ecclesiam de Ullysbi Carliolensis diocesis quam per plura tempora possideras etiam tunc obtinens, ad parochialem ecclesiam de Banham [Norwicensis diocesis] tunc certo modo vacantem presentatus et in illius rectorem institutus canonice, ac ipsam ecclesiam de Banham presentationis et institutionis huiusmodi vigore assecutus, de Ullysbi non infra prout debuisti sed post mensem per tres dies coram notario publico et testibus extra Romanam curiam sponte et libere resignaveras, ipsam et dictam ecclesiam de Banham, nulla per te super hoc canonica dispensatione obtenta, confidens te id facere posse eo quod apud sedem predictam pro dispensatione tibi desuper necessaria obtinenda sollicitatorem qui interdum in Urbe decessit, et aliquo vel certum de expeditione dispensationis huiusmodi accepisti deputarerat (rectius deputaveras), insimul post et contra constitutionem …. Johannis pape xxii …. que incipit Execrabilis per duos annos et tres menses vel circa detinuisti pront adhuc dictam ecclesiam de Banham detines, fructus percipiens ex eisdem. Quare pro parte tua nobis fuit humiliter supplicatum ut … The words ‘aliquo vel certum …. accepisti’ seem to be an especially doubtful text.
20 i.e. the limiting dates of the second year of Nicholas V. The day and the month are not given: ‘Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum Anno Incarnationis Dominice Mi[l]lesimo quadringentesimo quadraqesimo octavopontificatus nostri anno secundo,’ the blank space between octavo and pontificatus not having been filled.
21 The day of the month is omitted, as in the preceding: ‘Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum Anno etc. Millesimo quadringentesimo quadragesimo octavopontificatus nostri anno secundo,’ i.e. rather more briefly, and with the same blank space.
22 For two letters on f. 161 concerning the abbot of Troarn in Normandy, below. f. 202.
23 Corrected from 10 Kal. Decembris anno 2.’
24 Si. … vobis de falsificatione instrumenti huiusmodi. constiterit. ….
25 The text is not clear. and is perhaps incomplete:—super quibusdam causis appellationum per dictum magistrum Jo. Macworth decanum ad sacrosanctam sedem apostolicaminteriectis seu interpositis ac in curia Romana coram honorando et circumspecto viro domino Malatesta de Capitaneis sacri palatii apostolici causarum ac huiusmodi causarum appellationum sic ut prefertur per eundem magistrum Jo. decanum interpositarum auditore. inter eundem magistrum Johannem decanum ab eodem domino Malatesta auditore predicto impetratis habitis et obtentis. The sense and the later context [see the next note] suggest that instead of the word ‘inter’ should be supplied a passage which would run briefly as follows: ’et [de et super] quibusdam litteris apostolicis citatoriis inhibitoriis et compulsoriis per.’ and that between ‘ab’ and ‘eodem’ there should be the words ‘contra dictum episcopum.’ or words equivalent.
26 ac huiusmodi litteris apostolicis citatoriis inhibitoriis et compulsoriis sic ut prefertur per eum contra dictum r(everen)du(m) p(atrem) d(ominum) Willelmum episcopum sepedictum impetratis habitis et obtentis … The words ‘sic ut prefertur’ point to the omission of a passage such as the preceding note proposes for insertion.
27 i.e. 11 March 1444, which does not agree with the date given above.
28 alta camera vulgariter nuncupata stellata camera.
29 Datum Rome etc. Anno etc. Mi[l]lesimo ….
30 ac dictus alius vulneratus tunc in pollice debilitatus fuit.
31 debilitationis.
32 in Romana curia presidenti (rectius residenti).