18 Kal. May.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the archbishop of Cashel and the bishops of Exeter and Limerick. Mandate, as below. Jordan bishop of Cork and Cloyne has set forth to the pope that William Roche, archdeacon of Cloyne, falsely alleging that the said bishop was so old and without strength and sight that he could not exercise the pastoral office in person, and pretending that the pope had appointed him as coadjutor to the said bishop [see above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXXXI, f. 165], has taken and at present wrongfully holds possession of the fruits etc. of the episcopal mense of the said churches, etc.; that subsequently Gerald de Geraldinis, clerk, of Cloyne, a member of Jordan's household, forged certain instruments in which bishop Jordan appointed the said Gerald and John Ohedian, archdeacon of Cashel, as proctors for his resignation; that the said resignation having been falsely made to the pope by John [bishop] elect of Ardagh, the said archdeacon John's substitute, and admitted by the pope, with the help of the said forged instruments, he [Gerald] got provision made to him of the said churches, falsely alleged to be void (fn. 3) [above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXXXIX, f. 260], and in virtue thereof strives to expel Jordan from the rule and administration of the goods of the said churches. At the petition of Edward king of England and of the said Jordan, the pope hereby orders the above three, if they find the foregoing to be true, to remove the said William from the said coadjutorship, compel him and his deputies to render an account of their receipts and administration, cause the remaining fruits to be restored to the said bishop Jordan, and restore him to his state as before the appointment of an alleged coadjutor. They are, moreover, to send to the pope as soon as possible the result of their inquest into the said forgery, signed by a notary and closed and sealed with one of their seals, in order that he may be able to proceed judicially in the matter, (fn. 4) and are meanwhile to inhibit both the said William and Gerald, as the pope himself does hereby, under pain of ipso facto excommunication etc., to meddle with the said churches and their goods and administrations, or do anything in virtue of the said alleged letters, or the said Gerald to have himself consecrated, until the pope has otherwise disposed in regard to the aforesaid, and are
to cite and admonish them, under the said pains, to appear before the pope within a certain term to be fixed by him, etc. Etsi cunctis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lxx. N. Bregeon. A. de Nepe. Jo. de Aquilone.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 2¾ pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Illust., pp. 448–449, No. 829, from ‘Reg. Tom. XXIII, fol. 143,’ i.e. the present Register. See also below, f. 157, and Fœdera, sub dat. 23 June, 1463.]