Vatican Regesta 499
1459

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'Vatican Regesta 499: 1459', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 11: 1455-1464 (1921), pp. 525-549. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103755 Date accessed: 26 October 2014.


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1458[–9].
Id. March.
(15 March.)
Siena.
(f. 4.)
To Thomas Man, a priest and monk professed of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Medmenham, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held or governed by secular or regular clerks of any order, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a chantry, and if of lay patronage, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxx. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. ¾ p.]
Ibid.
(f. 7d.)
To Thomas Wardell, a canon of the Augustinian monastery or priory of St. Andrew the Apostle, Hexham, in the diocese of York. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with his canonry and canonical portion of the said monastery any benefice with or without cure, wont to be governed by regular persons of the said order, even if a parish church etc. as in the preceding, mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxiiii. A. de Montia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin:Martii. ¾ p.]
1458[–9].
5 Id. March.
(11 March.)
Siena.
(f. 11d.)
To Robert Welburn', rector of Oswaldkirke in the diocese of York. Dispensation not to be bound for seven years to any holy order by reason of the said church [value not expressed] or any other benefice with cure (provided that within a year he be ordained subdeacon), whilst engaged in the study of letters in the university which he has frequented in times past and intends to frequent in future, or in the service of king Henry, or acting as the said king's receiver of the honour and domain of Tyckhul, a parcel of his duchy of Lancaster. (fn. 3) Vite etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxv. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1 p. Without the usual date in the margin.]
Ibid.
(f. 12.)
To Edmund Shenley, a Benedictine monk of St. Albans, immediately belonging to the Roman church, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by regular persons of the said order, even if a parish church etc. as above to Thomas Wardell, f. 7d., mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxii. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Wulterris.) [In the margin: Februarii. 1p.]
1458[–9].
17 Kal. April. (fn. 4)
(16 March.)
Siena.
(f. 14d.)
To John Pittis, rector of Parkham in the diocese of Exeter, M.A. Dispensation to him, who is studying in theology, (fn. 5) to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 50 marks sterling, any other benefice, or without the said church, or without it and such benefice (fn. 6) any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities, etc., or two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, and to resign them [simply or for exchange] as often as he pleases. Litterarum etc. (Ja Lucen. | l. A. de Moncia. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Martii. 1 p.+.]
1458[–9].
Id. March.
(15 March.)
Siena.
(f. 15.)
To John, abbot of the Premonstratensian monastery of Blancheland in the diocese of Durham. Dispensation (the said monastery, in which there is a great number of canons or monks, (fn. 7) having been reduced to such great ruin and destruction by wars and mortalities and many divers misfortunes that from its slender fruits the abbot for the time being cannot maintain himself and his state and bear his burdens), to receive and retain for life therewith in commendam any benefice with or without cure, secular or regular of his order, even if a parish church etc., as above, to Thomas Man, f. 4, mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxx. A. de Montia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 1 p.]
1458[–9].
10 Kal. April.
(23 March.)
Siena.
(f. 17.)
To Simon Stansfeld, perpetual vicar of Batley in the diocese of York, bachelor in laws. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 10 marks sterling, any one benefice, or without the vicarage any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major dignities etc. as to John Pittis above, f. 14d., mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. (—. (fn. 8) | l. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 1½ pp.]
Ibid. To John Combe, precentor (precentori sive cantori) of the collegiate church of St. Mary Otery in the diocese of Exeter, bachelor in laws. Dispensation to him, who is precentor of the said church and rector or warden of the free chapel of Immer in the diocese of Salisbury [the values of which the pope holds as expressed hereby], to receive and retain for life with the said precentorship (precentoria sive cantoria) any one benefice etc. as in the preceding (quodcunque unum etc. ut supra). Litterarum etc. (Ja. Lucen. | l. … Martii, as ibid. ⅓ p.]
1458[–9].
11 Kal. April.
(22 March.)
Siena.
(f. 18.)
To Robert Gylling, a Friar Preacher of the convent of Iarum in the diocese of York. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth and a lector in theology, to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure, secular or regular, even if a parish church etc. as to Thomas Man, above, f. 4. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxx. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. ¾ p.]
1458[–9].
10 Kal. April.
(23 March.)
Siena.
(f. 21.)
To John Selott, archdeacon of Cornwall in the church of Exeter, doctor of decrees. Indult to visit by deputy the churches etc. of his archdeaconry, and the persons thereof, and to receive the procurations in money. Meruit tue devotionis. (G. Lollius. | xxxv. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 1 p.]
1458[–9].
3 Kal. March.
(27 Feb.)
Siena.
(f. 22d.)
To William Forbes, priest, of the diocese of Aberdeen, M.A. Dispensation to him (whom Calixtus III dispensed to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc., or two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, and [to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased], and who is a kinsman of James king of Scots in the second and third degree of kindred, and was recently (pridem) elected bishop of Aberdeen by the chapter) to receive and retain any other third benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a major or principal dignity etc., or a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, namely for five years only if his said two incompatible benefices are parish churches or perpetual vicarages, if not, for life, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Preclari generis nobilitas. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxx. A. de Moncia. C. Fidelis.) [In the margin: Martii. 12/3 pp. See above, p. 12.]
1458[–9].
10 Kal. April.
(23 March.)
Siena.
(f. 61d.)
To Robert Ady (or Acly) alias Newent, a monk of the [Cistercian] monastery of St. Mary, Grace Dieu (de Gratia Dei), in the diocese of Llandaff. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by regular persons of the said order, even if etc., as to Thomas Wardell, above, f. 7d., mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (—. (fn. 9) | xxiiii. A. de Montia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 1 p.—.]
1459.
7 Id. April.
(7 April.)
Siena.
(f. 63.)
To all Christ's faithful who shall inspect the present letters. Relaxation, to be valid during twenty years only, (the pope having learned that under the bridge of Bideford in the diocese of Exeter there flows a very rapid and dangerous river, in which on account of the faulty structure of the said bridge, which is of wood, many persons have been drowned, and that on the said bridge there are two chapels, the one of St. Mary the Virgin and the other of All Saints, which are also in need of great repair) of seven years and seven quarantines of enjoined penance to penitents who visit the said chapels on the feasts of the Assumption, St. John Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul and All Saints, and give alms for the repair of the said bridge and chapels. Inter cetera. (G. Lollius. | xxxx. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Aprilis. ¾ p.]
1459.
Ibid.
(f. 63d.)
To the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of London and Winchester. Mandate, as below. The pope has been grieved to learn from king Henry and queen Margaret and the prelates and nobles of England that although the son of iniquity and perdition Reginald Pecok, (fn. 10) sometime reputed bishop of Chichester (who held opinions worthy of condemnation in respect of a number of the articles of the catholic faith, and had written against the said faith certain books or works in English and Latin, and therewith led many simple people astray etc., and had confessed before the said archbishop and many other bishops and ecclesiastical persons that he had kept in the said errors and perpetrated the foregoing for twenty years) repenting, as it seemed, of the said excesses, publicly abjured his heresies before the said archbishop, bishops and persons, vowed and promised he would not fall into them again and would do penance for them, produced certain of the said books which, and no more, he admitted that he had put forth in the matter, and submitted himself to the severity of the sacred canons and laws, nevertheless the said Reginald, even after he, being seemingly penitent and unworthy, had freely and of his own accord resigned the rule and administration of the said church, or all right belonging to him therein or thereto, concealed a number of the said books containing manifest heresy, composed by him in Latin and also in English and not then published by him, to the intent that they might survive for ever, and thus, pretending to be penitent, fell again into the original error which he had made a show of abjuring, and contrived other things against the orthodox faith and against the tenets of holy Church, on account of all which there is great danger lest the said heresies, thus spread in the said realm, give rise to great scandals etc. The pope therefore, considering that the said disease is contagious and full of danger, etc., hereby orders the above three, or the said bishop of London and one of his colleagues, and also Francis bishop of Terni, if he be then in England and can easily take part, to make inquiry about the foregoing, and if they find that the said Reginald has relapsed since the said abjuration, by concealing the said books or one of them, or has made only a pretence of being penitent, to send him, if it can conveniently be done, to the pope and the Roman court under a good and sure guard, to be punished and corrected in accordance with his demerits. If not, they are to take to themselves a sufficient number of their fellow bishops and, in order that he may be an example to others stained with the same blemish, deprive him of the insignia of a bishop, depose and degrade him alike from the episcopal and the sacerdotal and the other ecclesiastical orders, and otherwise ordain and decree with him in accordance with the sacred canons. They are moreover, to admonish all the inhabitants of the realm and any others who have any of the said books or copies, of whatsoever rank etc. they be and wheresoever they be, especially in the city and diocese of Chichester and the places where the said Reginald lived longest, to deliver them up within a certain time, under pain of excommunication etc., and in case of their not so doing, to declare them to have incurred the said pains etc., and cause those upon whom such books etc. shall be found after the expiry of the said time to be examined on the articles of the faith as suspect of heresy, and to abjure heresy or be punished as heretics. Such of the said books etc. as shall come into their hands they are to cause to be publicly burned in presence of the people. Licet graviter et moleste. (G. Lollius. | A. de Moncia. B. de Albertis. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 2½ pp. Printed nearly in full in Raynaldus, Annales, an. 1459, § 29. See also above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXIX, f. 239.]
Id. April.
(13 April.)
Siena.
(f. 74.)
To John Floure, rector of the parish church of St. Olave in the diocese of Exeter. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 10 marks sterling, any other benefice, or without that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major etc. as to John Pittis, above, f. 14d. Vite etc. (Ja. Lucen. | l. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 1¼ pp.]
Ibid. To Thomas Hedley, rector of Caundell in the diocese of Salisbury, I.U.B. The like, the value of the said church not exceeding 8l. sterling. Registered briefly: Litterarum sciencia, vite ac morum etc. ut supra pa[r]rochialem ecclesiam de Caundell Saresbiriensis diocesis cuius fructus etc. octo librarum sterlingorum s(ecundu)m co(mmunem) ext(imacionem) valorem an(nuum) non excedunt optines premissorum meritorum tuorum etc. ut supra in omnibus. ([Ja. Lucen.]. | l. … Aprilis, as ibid.)
1458[–9].
10 Kal. April.
(23 March.)
Siena.
(f. 92d.)
To George Ryphey (rectius Ryphey), a canon of the Augustinian monastery or priory of Bitzidlington’ (rectius Bridlington’) in the diocese of York. Grant and indult to him (who intends to study theology in an university (fn. 11) and has obtained his superiors’ licence for the purpose of the following grant) to leave the cloister of his said priory or monastery and to dwell for seven years in an university, even without the realm of England, and study theology, and to receive and retain in commendam during the said period a benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if it be a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a chantry, and be of lay patronage, or be a regular benefice wont to be governed by canons of the said order or by canons or monks of any other order, even if a priory etc., provided that it be not a conventual priory etc. or a claustral office, and to resign such commenda as often as he pleases, and receive and retain another benefice in commendam, and accept and hold a stipend from any regular place or monastery. After the lapse of the said seven years he is to resign such benefice and return to the said monastery or priory. Religionis etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxx. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1 p.]
1459.
3 Non. April.
(3 April.)
Siena.
(f. 115d.)
To Robert Colynson, rector of Chellisfeld in the diocese of Rochester, doctor of decrees. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 10l. sterling, any other benefice, or without that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major etc. as to John Pittis, above, 14d., mutatis mutandis. Litterarum, etc. (Ja. Lucen. | l. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 1 p. +.]
Prid. Kal. April.
(31 March.)
Siena.
(f. 121.)
To John Parys, [perpetual] vicar of the parish church of St. Mary, Brodehenton, in the diocese of Salisbury, bachelor in decrees. Dispensation to receive for life with the said church [value not expressed] any other benefice, or if he resign the said church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible etc. as to John Pittis, above, 14d., mutatis mutandis. LitterarumVulterris, as in the preceding. [In the margin: Martii. 1¼ pp.]
1458[–9].
14 Kal. April.
(19 March.)
Siena.
(f. 149.)
To Thomas Boleyn, master or warden of the college of All Saints, Maydynston, in the diocese of Canterbury, B.C.L. Dispensation to him (who was lately dispensed by papal authority to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or major or principal dignities, with the power of exchanging them, as often as he pleased) to receive and retain for life with such incompatible benefices any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a major or principal dignity etc., and to resign all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, provided that he do not hold three major or principal dignities or parish churches or perpetual vicarages. Litterarum etc. (G. Lollius. | xxxx. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Martii. 12/3 pp.]
1459.
16 Kal. May.
(16 April.)
Siena.
(f. 170d.)
To Gruffinus Parke, perpetual vicar of SS. Peter and Paul's, Erdington, in the diocese of Lincoln, bachelor of decrees. Dispensation to him, who is a priest, to receive and retain for life with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 10l. sterling, any other benefice, or if he resign the said vicarage any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities, provided that they be not two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxv. A. de Montia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1½ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 171d.)
To Lewis Neth, perpetual vicar of St. Mary's, Kuddelington near Oxford, in the diocese of Lincoln, bachelor in arts and decrees. The like. Registered briefly, with: ’Litterarum etc. ut supra pa[r]rochialis ecclesie de Kuddelington Lincolniensis diocesis prope Oxoniam, cuius fructus etc. ut supra.’ ([Ja. Lucen.]. | xxxv. … Vulterris,) as in the preceding.
Prid. Kal. May.
(30 April.)
Florence.
(f. 189d.)
To the abbot of St. Mary's, York, and the prior of St. Mary's, Guisburne, in the diocese of York. Mandate, as below. Eugenius IV (upon its being set forth to him by the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary, Fountains, in the diocese of York, that upon a cause arising between them, who were then as now holding to their uses, as appropriated to them and the said monastery, the parish church of Crosthewayt in the diocese of Carlisle, and the late Walter Lambardi, then perpetual vicar of the said church, about certain articles contained in an agreement made by the late Ralph bishop of Carlisle in regard to the portion of the perpetual vicarage, the said parties agreed that the vicars should in future have, in the name of the said portion, a tenement with an enclosure contiguous thereto and enclosed with hedges, which the vicars in times past had been wont to inhabit in the town of Crosthewayt, also for the fodder of their horses the tithes of hay of Great Crosthewayt only, and 20l. a year of the lawful money of England, to be paid by the abbot and convent at Crosthewayt at the four terms of the year, viz. Candlemas, Easter, the Nativity of St. John Baptist and Michaelmas, the rest of the emoluments and obventions of the said church to belong to the abbot and convent, with penalty in the event of a month's delay in the payment of the said pension by the abbot of a payment of 20s. alms to the bishop of Carlisle for every day's delay after the lapse of such month; that the abbot and convent should keep the chancel in repair, etc., and the vicars bear all other burdens of the church, and that in the event of extraordinary burdens the vicar should contribute thereto 6s. 8d. only; and that the late Marmaduke bishop of Carlisle by his ordinary authority approved and confirmed the said later agreement, and made it binding on both parties under pain of the greater excommunication), ordered, at the petition of the said abbot and convent, the treasurer of York, and a certain other colleague [viz. the prior of St. Oswald's, Nostel], if they found the said later agreement and the confirmation etc. thereof to be lawful, to confirm the same by papal authority [Cal. Papal Lett., VIII. pp. 352, 353]. At the recent petition of the abbot and convent (containing that although the treasurer of York did so confirm the said composition etc., nevertheless Thomas Stanlay, the present vicar despoiled them of their said appropriated church, and afterwards, falsely alleging that they were wronging him in respect of certain fruits belonging to the vicarage, (fn. 12) obtained apostolic letters to the bishop of Carlisle, and that the present bishop (fn. 13) under pretext thereof has, at Thomas's instance and without observing legal procedure, sequestrated the fruits of the said church (fn. 14) ) the pope hereby orders the above abbot and prior to summon the said Thomas, and if they find the facts to be as stated, to ratify, confirm and approve the said later composition and the confirmation etc. of the said bishop, and the confirmation made by authority of the said letters of pope Eugenius, and also the award or arbitration sentence (fn. 15) lately delivered by Alexander Coke, then rector of Rothbery [in the diocese of Durham], who had been chosen arbitrator by both parties, and in the event of their doing so, to declare null and void the said letters to the said present bishop (fn. 16) and any others which may have been obtained in the matter by the said Thomas from the apostolic see or otherwise to the prejudice of the abbot and convent, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure etc. Pastoralis officii cura. (G. Lollius. | xxxx. A. de Moncia. Je. de Sala.) [3⅓ pp. The usual date in the inner margin at the end of the letter is wanting, but instead, on the extreme inner edge of the margin and therefore nearly lost in the fold of the binding, is the number ‘37,’ the meaning of which is not apparent. The editor has not met with a similar case.]
16 Kal. May.
(16 April.)
Siena.
(f. 193.)
To Owen (Auyno) Lloy[d], rector of Hodnet in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, doctor of laws. Dispensation to him, who is chancellor of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, to receive and retain for life with the said church [value not expressed] any one other benefice, or if he resign the said church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if etc. as to John Pittis, above, f. 14d., mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. (G. Lollius. | l. A. de Moncia. Jo. Orticius.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 1⅓ pp.]
4 Non. May.
(4 May.)
Florence.
(f. 211)
To John Webber, rector of St. George's, Goodlegh, in the diocese of Exeter. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church [value not expressed] any one other benefice etc. as in the preceding. Vite etc. (G. Lollius. | l. A. de Moncia. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 1½ pp.]
1459.
Ibid.
To John Plente, perpetual vicar of Stourinynstermarsahall (rectius Stourmynstermarshall) in the diocese of Salisbury, M.A. Dispensation, as in the preceding. Registered briefly, with: ‘Litterarum scientia. vite ac morum honestas etc. ut supra, volentes te qui ut asseris vicariam pa[r]rochialis ecclesie etc. ut in principio, cuius fructus redditus etc. ut supra in omnibus. (G. … Aprilis,) as in the preceding.
1458[–9].
15 Kal. April.
(18 March.)
Siena.
(f. 216.)
To Thomas Ennok, rector of Wyly in the diocese of London. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth and a chaplain of John duke of Norfolk, to receive and retain for life with the said church [value not expressed] any one other benefice etc. as to John Pittis, above, f. 14d, mutatis mutandis. (GVulterris,) as in the preceding. [In the margin: Martii. 1⅓ pp.]
1458[–9].
6 Kal. April.
(27 March.)
Siena.
(f. 223.)
To Philip Lepeyate, a canon of Lincoln, bachelor in decrees. Dispensation to receive and retain with his canonry of Lincoln and the lay prebend (fn. 17) of Langeford Manor (manerii) therein and the parish church of Tadmerton in the diocese of Lincoln, the value of which and of his other benefices the pope holds to be expressed by these presents, any other benefice, or without them any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc., as to John Pittis, above, f. 14d, mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxxv. A. de Moncia. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Martii. 2 pp.]
1459.
10 Kal. May. (fn. 18)
(22 April.)
Siena.
(f. 235.)
To William Fissher of Bykton, layman, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. Licence, as below. His recent petition contained that, the town of Bykton being two great Italian miles from the parish church of St. Chad (S. Sedde) [Shrewsbury], within whose bounds the said town is situate, it was very difficult for him and other inhabitants of the said town to go through the mud and snow and floods etc. to the said distant church for hearing masses etc., every Sunday and feast day, especially in winter and other rainy seasons, and that, for the welfare of the souls of himself and the other said inhabitants, most of whom often neglected on account of the distance to go to the said church, and were without the said masses, and in order that divine worship and the fear of God might revive in the said town, he caused a chapel dedicated to St. Catherine to be built there, in which the said masses etc., are often celebrated with licence of the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. At the said petition, adding that for the aforesaid causes it is very difficult for the said inhabitants, especially women, to go to the said church for baptisms and churchings and the sacraments, and that certain of the said women, when going to the said church for churchings, have been drowned in the floods halfway, (fn. 19) the pope hereby grants licence to him and the said inhabitants (fn. 20) to have and keep for ever a chaplain in priest's orders, who may celebrate masses and other divine offices in the said chapel every day or as often in the week as it shall seem good to the said William and inhabitants, and grants licence to the said chaplain to baptise children, administer the sacrament of Eucharist and other sacraments when needful, and church women; saving the right of the said church, to which the chapel shall be a daughter chapel and to whose rector the chaplain shall be subject. Sincere devotionis affectus. (G. Lol[l]ius. | xxx. A. de Moncia. Constantinus.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 2 pp. —.]
18 Kal. May.
(14 April.)
Siena.
(f. 249d.)
To the dean and chapter of Waterford. Indult to have, when their business requires it, mass or masses celebrated before daybreak, even one or more hours before daybreak, (fn. 21) in their said church, by themselves or other fit priests, secular or regular. Sincere devotionis affectus. (G. Lollius. | x. A. de Moncia. Je. de Sala.) [In the margin. Aprilis. ½ p.]
4 Kal. June.
(29 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 253.)
To all and singular to whom these presents shall come. Requesting a safe-conduct, for three years, for John Toll, clerk, of the diocese of London, bachelor in decrees, and his retinue to the number of four. Registered briefly:Littera passus in forma ad triennium valitura pro dilecto filio Johanne Toll clerico Londoniensis diocesis baccalario in decretis, cum comitiva usque ad numerum quatuor. Datum … (Ja. Lucen. | D. de Piscia.) [In the margin is: Sine taxa.]
Ibid. To all the brethren, the mayor or his lieutenant the constable of the society of the merchants of the staple in the town of Calais, in the diocese of Térouane, present and future. (fn. 22) Indult to have, when their business requires it, masses, vespers and other divine offices celebrated before daybreak (fn. 23) but not much before, by their own or other fit priest, secular or regular of any order, in presence of themselves and their factors and household servants, in their chapel of SS. Mary and Thomas the Martyr situate within the parish of the parish church of St. Mary, Calais, even if the said church be under interdict, with shut doors and without the ringing of bells etc. Exigit devocionis vestre. (Ja. Lucen. | lxx. A. de Moncia. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Maii. ¾ p.]
1459.
Prid. Kal. June.
(31 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 253d.)
To John Fre, clerk, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, M.A. Dispensation to him, who is M.A. and holds inter alia a parish church in the diocese of Ely, (fn. 24) and all of whose other benefices, with and without cure, held or expected etc., and the values of them and of the said church, and the name of the latter, the pope holds as expressed by these presents, to receive and retain for life with the parish church which he holds any other benefice, or without that church any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if etc. as to John Pittis, above, f. 14d. (G. Lollius. | l. A. de Moncia. D. de Pi[s]cia.) [In the margin: Maii. 3 pp.]
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
Siena.
(f. 271d.)
To the abbot of the Benedictine monastery of SS. Peter and Paul and Augustine without the walls of Canterbury. Grant, as below. His recent petition contained that in the said monastery are preserved the bodies of the said St. Augustine the Apostle of the English and many other Saints, wherefore divers popes have granted rich (uberes) indulgences and remissions of sins to the faithful who visit it at certain times of the year, for which reason, as also in consequence of the merits of the said saints it happens that the said faithful resort in great numbers with a devout heart, even from distant parts, to earn by confession and absolution the said indulgences etc. At the said petition and that of the convent, the pope hereby grants that the said abbot and the abbot for the time being may, as often as expedient, choose as many priests as necessary, secular or regular, to be confessors, who may hear the confessions of all persons of both sexes who visit the said church for the sake of pilgrimage and of gaining such indulgence, grant them absolution and enjoin penance, except in cases reserved to the apostolic see. Injunctum nobis. (G. Lollius. | xxv. A. de Moncia. Je. de Sala.) [In the margin: Aprilis. 1 p.]
18 Kal. May.
(14 April.)
Siena.
(f. 272.)
To the abbots of Malmesbury and Serne, in the diocese of Salisbury, and the dean of Wells. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Richard bishop of Salisbury contained that, learning that Richard Wodehill, layman, of the parish of Dorneford alias Durneford in his diocese, had been accused in his court of divers crimes and delicts savouring of heresy, (fn. 25) and that the said crimes and delicts had been repeatedly denounced to him, he, in order that the said Richard's erroneous life might not lead astray the people subject to the said bishop, caused him to be cited by certain letters to appear in person before him or John Stretton, the bishop's chancellor or commissary specially appointed for the purpose, at a certain place and on a certain day to answer the charges of having preached that the crime of fornication is not a mortal sin, and that lambs born (generati) after the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist are not titheable, of not going to his said parish church to hear masses and other divine offices, but withdrawing himself from and avoiding the communion of the faithful, and of not making his confession once a year to his own priest nor receiving the sacrament of Eucharist at Easter, but on the contrary refusing to receive it, thereby contemning the sacred canons and incurring violent suspicion of heresy etc.; that, inasmuch as the said Richard did not appear before the bishop or his commissary within the term prescribed in the said letters, the said commissary excommunicated him; that Richard appealed therefrom to the apostolic see, and that Calixtus III. committed the cause of the appeal, at Richard's instance, to Master Gaspar de Theramo, then as now a papal chaplain and auditor, who is said to have proceeded, short of a conclusion. At the said petition, adding that the merits of the cause can be better and more easily made clear in those parts than in the Roman court, the pope hereby, calling it up to himself, orders the above three (or two or one of them, as usual) to summon Richard and others concerned, resume the cause and hear and decide it, summarily and without judicial forms, (fn. 26) without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure. Ad Romani pontificis providentiam. (G. Lollius. | xvi. A. de Moncia. Je. de Sala.) [In the margin: Maii. 11/5 pp.]
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
Mantua.
(f. 296d.)
To John Hunt, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Th[o]rney in the diocese of Ely. Dispensation to him, who is a priest, to receive and retain [for life] any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by monks of the said order or by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a rectory (sic) or chantry or chapel etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, exercise the cure, if any, by himself or another, administer the sacraments, and dispose of the fruits etc. The pope's will is that as soon as he has obtained such benefice he shall be wholly exempt alike from the said order and the abbot of the said monastery as from any other his superior of the said monastery and order. Religionis etc. (G. Lollius. | xxx. A. de Moncia. Je. de Sala.) [1 p.]
Ibid.
(f. 315d.)
To John Toll, priest, of the diocese of London, bachelor in decrees. Indult to him, who is of noble birth, to have a portable altar. Sincere devotionis affectus. Registered briefly, ending habere altare portatile in forma etc. Datum …) (Ja. Lucen. | x. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: (Ju)nii. (fn. 27) ]
Ibid. To John Hurlegh, rector of Hanslap in the diocese of Lincoln, bachelor in decrees. Indult, at his petition and that of John earl of Worcester, who says he is his chaplain, to take the fruits etc., of the said church and his other benefices, and not to be bound to reside whilst studying letters at an university, or engaged in the service of Henry king of England, or of Richard duke of York or of the said earl, and to rent or grant to farm or yearly pension the said fruits etc. to any persons, even laymen, from three years to three years; with mandate executory hereby to the bishops of London and Salisbury. Litterarum etc. (G. Lollius. | lx. A. de Montia. Je. de Sala.) [2 pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 316d.)
To William Burton, a monk, sometime abbot, of the Benedictine monastery of SS. Mary the Virgin and John the Baptist, Alyncestr(e), in the diocese of Worcester. Dispensation to him, who has freely resigned the dignity of abbot of the said monastery, to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and if of lay patronage, and exercise the cure of souls of the parishioners and any others, and resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (G. Lollius. | … Sala, as to John Hunt above, f. 296d.) [¾ p.]
Ibid.
(f. 317.)
To Thomas Dany (or Davy), perpetual vicar of Shuborn (rectius Shirborn, as it is also written in the text) in the diocese of Worcester, bachelor of laws. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 26 marks sterling, any one other benefice etc., as to John Pittis above, f. 14d., mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. (G. Lollius. | l. A. de Montia. Je. de Sala.) 1½pp.]
3 Kal. June.
(30 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 331.)
To Richard Borsworth alias Smyth, rector of Browthton Ascey (sic) (fn. 28) in the diocese of Lincoln, bachelor in decrees. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church [value not expressed] any one other benefice etc., as in the preceding, mutatis mutandis. Litterarum etc. (G. Lollius. | l. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [1½ pp.]
10 Kal. June.
(23 May.)
Ferrara.
(f. 331d.)
To Thomas Nornanton, scholar, of the diocese of Chichester. Dispensation to him, who is illegitimate, being the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain a benefice even with cure, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xvi. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [½ p.]
1459.
3 Kal. June.
(30 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 332.)
To John earl of Worcester, of the diocese of London. Indult that in whatsoever places he may reside, stay or lodge, (fn. 29) he may cause masses and other divine offices to be celebrated and sung, as often as it shall be convenient and shall seem good to him, in presence of himself and of his household, by fit priests of his choice at any fit or suitable hour, (fn. 30) and that such priests may, as often as shall be expedient and it shall seem good to him and them, administer to him and his said household the sacrament of Eucharist and other sacraments. Sincere devotionis affectus. (Ja. Lucen. | xxv. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [½ p.]
3 Id. June. (fn. 31)
(11 June.)
Mantua.
(f. 334d.)
To Philip Water, rector of St. Michael's, Stakepulelider, in the diocese of St. Davids. Dispensation, as below. Nicholas V dispensed him to receive and retain for life with the said church any one other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a major or a principal dignity etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. The pope, at Philip's own petition and that of the duke of Bukingham, who alleges that Philip is his continual commensal chaplain, hereby dispenses him, who is of noble birth, and holds besides the above church that of Kyselingbury in the diocese of Lincoln, value not exceeding 20l. and 24l. sterling respectively, to receive and retain for life with the said two churches or other two incompatible benefices, any other benefice, even if a major or a principal dignity etc., and to resign them all, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, provided that he do not hold three parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (G. Lollius. | xxxx. M. Amici. Jo. de Tartarinis.) [In the margin: Junii. 1¾ pp. See Cal. Papal Lett., Vol. X, p. 15.]
3 Non. July.
(5 July.)
Mantua.
(f. 348.)
Confirmation etc., as below. The pope recapitulates a number of grants by Henry VI in favour of his college of SS. Mary the Virgin and Nicholas at Cambridge, consisting of a provost and seventy scholars, one of them being viceprovost, ten chaplains and six stipendiary clerks and sixteen choristers, viz.:—
(i) letters of Eugenius IV dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1445, 3 Kal. Dec. (29 Nov.) anno 15, confirming all that the king had done in regard to the college, with authority for him to make and modify statutes and ordinances, which all persons are inhibited to infringe, granting that the provost and scholars may have a chest and a common seal (fn. 32) and other collegiate insignia and habits to be assigned to them by the king, and granting that the provost may wear at divine offices an almuce of grey; with letters executory, as in Reg. Lat. CCCCXVII, ff. 23d. and 24 (Cal. Papal Lett., IX, pp. 478–9);
(ii) the same pope's letters dated as above, for the consecration of a chapel and a cemetary by any catholic bishop, for the celebration of mass etc. by fit priests, even before daybreak and when the said place [of Cambridge] is under interdict, for the administration of the sacraments to the provost, scholars, ministers and servitors, and for the burial of them and others, for the promotion of the provost and scholars to all holy orders by any catholic bishop, for the provost himself or other fit priest to reconcile the said chapel and cemetery, for the provost and scholars not to be bound to assign to any other the canonical fourth or any other portion of any legacies etc., as ibid., f. 236d. (ibid., p. 483);
(iii) four other letters of the said pope Eugenius dated as above, and other letters of his dated at St. Peter's, Rome, 1446, Non. Nov. (5 Nov.) anno 16 [see Cal. Papal Lett., VIII, p. 258], as also four letters of Nicholas V dated respectively at St. Peter's, Rome, 1447, 12 Kal. May (20 April) anno 1, at St. Peter's, Rome, 1448, 6 Id. June (8 June) anno 2 (see Cal. Papal Lett., X, p. 185), at St. Peter's, Rome, 1448, 11 Kal. July (21 June) anno 2 (see ibid, p. 188), at S. Pudenziana's, Rome, 1448, 12 Kal. Nov. (21 Oct.) anno 2 (see ibid, p. 31), granting a number of immunities, privileges, faculties, indulgences and remissions of sins, alike for the king himself as for other faithful repairing to the said college or its chapel, (fn. 33) and also prerogatives and exemptions from the jurisdiction and power alike of the metropolitan as of the diocesan and the archdeacon of Ely and the chancellor of the university, executors and conservators being appointed etc., as is more fully contained in the said letters (see also Cal. Lett., IX, pp. 482, 511, 512).
Seeing that, as the pope has learned, the said king gave to the provost and scholars of the said college a number of priories, houses, churches, deaneries, personatus, prebends, hospitals, tithes, oblations, o[b]ventions, profits, also domains, manors, lands and tenements, rents, services, reversions, portions, pensions, apports, (fn. 34) farms, annuities and possessions, and also knights’ fees, and advowsons of priories, houses, churches, deaneries, personatus, prebends, hospitals, vicarages, chapels, chantries, halls and of other benefices, with other goods, rights and jurisdictions in divers cities, counties and dioceses (which had formerly belonged to divers monasteries, priories, houses, churches, hospitals, colleges, convents and other ecclesiastical places, secular and regular, and to ecclesiastical and lay persons, but which had for reasons then expressed come to the disposal of the kings of England, and some of which had long been detained and held by the said kings to their own uses, and the rest of which had long been detained and held to their own uses by other lay persons to whom they had been granted by the said kings, and which were probably being alienated to profane uses (fn. 35) ), that he granted to them and to their ministers, tenants, possessions etc., and to their successors for ever divers exemptions, immunities, franchises, liberties, privileges, graces and indults, reserving however to himself for life full power to diminish and augment the number of such persons and to improve or correct and reform the foregoing, as often as he thought fit, and that he gave and granted a number of his letters patent in regard to the aforesaid under his great seals, by authority of a number of parliaments, as appears in the acts thereof, and as is more fully contained in the said acts, letters patent and other public writings, the pope (understanding that the said work and foundation took effect eighteen years ago, (fn. 36) that a provost and seventy scholars have during the said time engaged in the study of letters etc., that ten chaplains and six stipendiary clerks and sixteen choristers have continually served in divine offices, and that the said provost and scholars have obtained possession of the foregoing, or at least of the greater part thereof, and holding to be sufficiently expressed hereby the names etc. and values of the said priories, houses etc., and the said grants of exemptions, immunities etc., and the tenours of the letters of his said predecessor and of the said king and of the acts of the said parliaments, and the said monasteries, priories, houses, etc., and persons) motu proprio confirms, ratifies and approves hereby all the aforesaid acts of the said king, the confirmations thereof by Eugenius IV and Nicholas V, and the said papal and other letters, and their consequences, in so far as they do not depart from the will of the said king, or in so far as future changes, additions etc., shall not so depart, together with all other privileges etc., granted to the said provost and scholars, and with the contents of the acts of the said parliaments, and also of future parliaments in so far as they do not go against other things done in favour of the said college and the will and ordinance of the said king etc.; motu proprio grants and appropriates, applies, unites, annexes and incorporates anew in perpetuity to the said provost and scholars and their successors, pro potiori robore of the foregoing, the said priories, houses etc., goods, rights and jurisdictions, privileges, liberties, franchises and immunities, and converts and assigns them to their uses; decrees and declares, also motu proprio, that the directions, corrections, punishments, removals, destitutions and deprivations of the said provost and scholars and ministers and other persons, except ecclesiastical persons, instituted and to be instituted in the said college, and all other things to be done which concern the ministry and administration of spiritual offices, shall be done only in accordance with the will and mandate of the said king or of the persons appointed by him during his lifetime, to which king or persons the pope hereby grants full power and faculty for the purpose, depriving of the like power and inhibiting all other persons and his heirs and successors, kings of England, to do or attempt the like, except those whom the said king Henry shall name during his lifetime. (fn. 37) Further, inasmuch as the pope has learned that on account of the customs of England in such matters, a doubt may arise in regard to an ordinance which Eugneius IV made, namely, that the oblations made by the faithful in the said college should be converted to the uses thereof, he thereby, in order to remove all such doubt for ever, decrees and declares that the oblations made or to be made in future for ever by any faithful, of anysoever rank, ecclesiastical or secular, as often as such persons are present in the said college at masses, divine offices or such oblations, shall wholly belong to the provost and scholars, to be converted to the uses of the college, notwithstanding privilege, custom or constitution and observance of the realm of England to the contrary, and inhibits any persons deputed by the provost and scholars, and the officers of the college deputed by the provost for the purpose of receiving the said oblations, to act against his present declaration. Moreover, in order that no university (universitas), college or body or person ecclesiastical or temporal of any rank, even royal etc., may dare or presume to act against the foregoing or anything thereof, and against the contents of the acts of parliaments held in the past and to be held in future, in so far as they do or shall concern the utility and perpetuity etc., of the said college, the pope wills, ordains and decrees that any university (universitas) and other places, convents, chapters or bodies who contravene shall, after these presents have been published or otherwise come to their knowledge, ipso facto incur sentence of interdict, and such individual persons sentence of the greater excommunication, and if, after having been monished and required a second and third time by the conservators of the college on behalf of the provost and scholars, they do not within a fortnight thereafter correct their crime and make satisfaction, it shall be lawful for the said conservators, by themselves [or] other or others, publicly to proclaim and declare such places to have been and to be thus interdicted and such persons excommunicate; grants faculty to the said conservators or their deputies to aggravate and re-aggravate the lawful processes made by them in the matter, and invoke as often as necessary the aid of the secular arm; and orders all prelates and judges, both spiritual and secular etc., at the instance and request of the said provost, to give aid and favour, as often as shall be needful or as they shall be asked, for the defence and conservation of the rights of the college, under pain of incurring ipso facto sentence of excommunication if they act to the contrary or are negligent; and grants faculty to the said conservators to compel all gain-sayers and rebels by ecclesiastical censure etc., without appeal, relax such sentences and pains, after satisfaction has been made, and absolve from the said censures; notwithstanding etc. Ad perpetuam rei memoriam. Gloriosus et omnipotens deus. (Ja. Lucen. | S. de Spada. (fn. 38) ) [10½ pp. See Rolls of Parliament, Vol. V, pp. 45b–52b and 75b–87a.]
Kal. July.
(1 July.)
Mantua.
(f. 354d.)
To Henry Jule, rector of Yoxhale in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. Dispensation to him, who is a kinsman of William archbishop of York, to receive and retain for life with the said church [value not expressed] any other benefice etc., as to John Pittis above, f. 14d., mutatis mutandis. Vite etc. (G. Llolius [sic] | l. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1¾ pp.]
8 Kal. July.
(24 June.)
Mantua.
(f. 370d.)
To John Touker [layman], and Joan his wife, of the diocese of Bath and Wells. Indult to have portable altar, on which they may have mass and other divine offices celebrated by their own or other fit priest. Registered briefly, with:Similis conceditur dilecto filio Johanni Touker et dilecte in Christo filie Joanne eius uxori Bathoniensis et Vellensis diocesis, sub data ut supra in omnibus. ([Ja. Lucen., as in the margin of the indult which immediately precedes in the Register.] | xii. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Junii. The reference is to the said immediately preceding indult, which is addressed to a citizen of Venice and his three sons, and is registered in full, except the final clauses. The words ‘ut supra in omnibus’ are not to be taken too literally, for the tax of the preceding indult is xxvi, the larger amount being explained, not only by the larger number of persons, but also by the fact that the indult carries with it the privilege of having mass etc. celebrated in the presence not only of the recipients but also of their domestic servants.]
4 Kal. July.
(28 June.)
Mantua.
(f. 377d.)
To Richard Canton, rector of Newport in Kemmeys, in the diocese of St. Davids, I.U.D., a clerk of the apostolic Camera. Dispensation and indult, at his recent petition (containing that the said church is situate in his native place, the air of which is beneficial (utilis) to him, and that he has at his expense made costly repairs in it and in its chapels, members and appurtenances, which expenses he has not yet received, and that he intends in future, for the benefit, alms and help of his native place and the poor there to do greater good, not only from the fruits thereof, which are too slender for its repair and its other burdens, but also from his gains from other sources, provided that the said church be declared by the apostolic see to be incompatible (sic) with his other benefices (fn. 39) ) that he may retain the said church for life as an incompatible (sic) benefice together with his other benefices with and without cure, present and future, which, and their values and the dispensations by which he holds them the pope holds as expressed by these presents. (fn. 40) Grata devotionis obsequia. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxx. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p. +. See below, f. 404d.]
15 Kal. Aug.
(18 July.)
Mantua.
(f. 380d.)
To the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of SS. Mary the Virgin and Modowenna the Virgin [Butron upon Trent] (fn. 41) , in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. Indult, at their recent petition (containing that secular and other persons often go before daybreak (fn. 42) to their church to hear mass), that the abbot and convent and each of them, and their successors may, after matins are done, celebrate mass even before daybreak, but about daybreak, (fn. 43) when their business requires it or when they judge it expedient for their devotion, provided that they make daily use of this grant sparingly. Sincere devotionis affectus. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxx. M. Amici. Je. de Sala.) [4/5 p.]
11 Kal. July.
(21 June.)
Mantua.
(f. 380d.)
Grant, etc., as below. Nicholas V (upon learning that in the city of Valencia there were a number of houses appointed for the use and habitation of the canons of the church of Valencia, and that it was provided by the statutes of that church that they could not, on their becoming void, be had or held or chosen by other than a senior canon, (fn. 44) nor any one of the other canons be preferred to a senior canon), expressly derogated from the said statutes, and granted motu proprio to Vincent Clement is, who is a canon and provost of the said church, and was at that time ambassador of Henry king of England to the said pope, and had not yet obtained one of the said houses, that he might, on the voidance in any way of such house, receive it and take possession, and retain it for his use and habitation as long as he should be a canon of the said church, the said pope at the same time inhibiting the bishop and chapter etc. to grant it, etc., contrary to his said grant. Subsequently, after Vincent or his proctor had in virtue of the said letters taken possession of one of the said houses, on its voidance by the death of Peter Romei, the chapter collated it to Bartholomew Rouira, on his death to Bartholomew Pascasii, and on his renunciation to John Pelagri[ni], canons of the said church. A suit a rising therefore between the said John and Vincent about the said house, upon the former's taking possession, Vincent's brother Francis Clementis (who had no special mandate from Vincent in the matter) and the said John came to an agreement, to the effect that Francis should give up all right belonging to Vincent in the said house, and that John should remain in possession, provided that the chapter should grant and assign to Vincent the next of the canons’ houses which should become void, which the chapter promised to do, and that in case they did not do so, he might freely enter upon the aforesaid house, upon which conditions Francis declared that he gave up the said right, as is said to be more fully contained in a public instrument. Afterwards, upon one of the said houses becoming void by the death of Francis Ceuelles (rectius Cruelles), the chapter did not and would not assign it to Vincent or his proctor, but have remitted the disposal of it to the apostolic see. The pope, therefore, unwilling that Vincent, who is a papal subdeacon and collector of the Camera in England, shall continue to be derided by the said John Peregrini and chapter, and deprived of the aforesaid house, (fn. 45) hereby declares that, notwithstanding the said cession made by his brother, Vincent could and should and can and shall have recourse to the aforesaid house void by the death of Peter Romei, collates and assigns it to him, decrees and declares that it did and does belong to him by right, annuls any other grants made of it by the chapter, etc., and imposes perpetual silence on the said John Peregrini, etc.; with mandate executory hereby to the bishop of Arras and the official of Vich (Vicensis). Ad fut. rei mem. Merentur exacte vite studia. (Jo. Baptista. | l. M. Amici. A. de Montia.) [In the margin: Junii. 3⅓ pp.]
3 Non. Aug.
(3 Aug.)
Mantua.
(f. 384.)
To George Ver, clerk, of the diocese of London, son of John Ver earl of Oxford. Dispensation and indult to him, who is in his sixteenth year, to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc. or parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and also to be, as soon as he attains his twenty-second year, promoted to the priesthood, and meanwhile to receive the fruits etc. of the said benefices, notwithstanding the said defect etc. Nobilitas generis, vite etc. (G. Lollius. | lx. M. Amici. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Augusti. 1 p.]
Prid. Kal. June.
(31 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 385.)
Confirmation, etc., as below. The [recent petition] (fn. 46) of Robert Pewton (rectius Newton), prior of the Cluniac priory of SS. Peter and Paul the Apostles, Montacute, in the diocese of Bath and Wells, [contained that] on the voidance of the said priory by the death of Robert Montagew, the sub-prior and monks decided, on 25 Sept. last past, to proceed to election by way of compromise, and chose for the purpose William bishop of Winchester and chancellor of England, gave him full power till the feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.] then next to come to choose a prior, with the consent and assent of James earl of Wiltshire, (fn. 47) and to make provision of him to the said priory, and that the said bishop William treated with the said earl James in respect of divers persons and finally, with consent etc. of the said earl James made, within the said period, provision of the said Robert Newton, (fn. 48) then a monk of St. Mary's, Glastonbury, in the said diocese, in priest's orders, of lawful age and born of a lawful marriage. At the said petition, which added that although the said Robert Pruuton (fn. 49) (sic) was with consent of his abbot translated to the said priory, and in virtue of the said nomination etc. obtained and is in possession, nevertheless king Henry desires the nomination and translation etc. to be confirmed by the apostolic see, (fn. 50) the pope hereby approves and confirms the said nomination, election, provision and translation and their consequences, and orders the bishop of Bath and Wells, the abbot of Glastonbury and the archdeacon of Taunton in Wells to publish the foregoing and cause Robert to enjoy peaceable possession of the priory etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Reginini universalis ecclesie. (G. Lollius. | xxxvi. A. de Moncia. S. de Spada.) [In the margin: Maii. 3½ pp.]
5 Kal. Aug.
(28 July.)
Mantua.
(f. 393d.)
To John bishop of Rochester (Roffen.). Indult to him, who has in his city and diocese no secular collegiate church in his gift, that as often as he and his successors celebrate or are present at the celebration of mass and other divine offices in his cathedral (maiori) church of Rochester, of the order of St. Benedict, or in other churches of his city and diocese, or anywhere else without them, he and his successors may grant licence to their chaplains, seculars, to the number of six, who assist them when so celebrating or are present at such celebration, to wear almuces of vair after the manner of canons of secular cathedral churches in England. Exigit summe devotionis integritas. (Ja. Lucen. | l. M. Amici. A. de Veneriis. Jo. de[Ci]chinis.) [1p.]
Prid. Kal. June.
(31 May.)
Mantua.
(f. 394.)
To William Turnor, literate, of the diocese of London. Absolution etc., as below. His recent petition contained that although, having been lately created a notary public by apostolic authority, he exercised that office by drawing up and composing (fn. 51) public acts, and exercised other things pertaining to it in all causes and matters, even spiritual and ecclesiastical, or even concerning the correction of soul[s], and also was a registrar or register keeper (fn. 52) , nevertheless, inasmuch as he afterwards married a widow, he could not write in the said causes nor be appointed to the keeping of such registers, the same being prohibited by certain constitutions of the province of Canterbury in one of which especially it is provided that married men and bigamists cannot write etc. in spiritual and ecclesiastical causes concerning the correction of soul[s], and be keepers of the registers of such causes, under pain of ipso facto excommunication, etc. [see the constitution Cum ex eo of archbishop Henry Chicheley, in Lyndwood's Provinciale, lib. III, tit. 3, cap. 2, on pp. 129–130 of the Oxford edition of 1679.] The pope therefore absolves him hereby from any sentences of excommunication etc. incurred on account of the aforesaid, and makes him grant and indult that he may in any contracts, causes and matters, ecclesiastical and spiritual, as above, exercise the said office of notary or scribe, write and draw up acts (fn. 53) and keep registers of acts and be appointed keeper thereof. Exigit tue devotionis sinceritas. (G. Lollius. | xv. A. de Montia. M. de Castilliono.) [1½ pp.]
15 Kal. Aug.
(18 July.)
Mantua.
(f. 404d.)
To Richard Canton, a canon of St. Davids, I.U.D., a clerk of the papal Camera. Grant and indult, at his [recent] petition (containing that the church of Landussul and its appurtenances in the deanery of Sub Ayron was lawfully appropriated to the chapter of St. Davids for the use of the canons residentiary, and was thus held and possessed; that afterwards, upon a suit arising between the said chapter and certain laymen, who alleged that they were patrons of the said church, an agreement was by the intervention of friends made between the said chapter and laymen, whereby the said church was made pensionary to the said chapter in a certain sum of money, as it still is, although many rectors of the said church used to try to withhold the said pension to the great hurt of the chapter; and adding that, inasmuch as it is hoped that the said church will be re-appropriated to the chapter and restored to its pristine state, the present patron has presented him to the ordinary, (fn. 54) and that he desires, in order that the said re-[ap]propriation may take quicker and safer effect, the said church to be granted to him in commendam) that if the said patrons consent, (fn. 55) and if collation be canonically made to him of the said church, which is not parochial and is without cure, he may receive and retain it to the use of the said chapter, along with all his other benefices, until the said union and re-a[p]propriation have taken effect, so that he may meanwhile dispose of the fruits etc. of the said church of Landussul and convert them to his use and to the use of the said chapter and church [of St. Davids]. Grata devotionis obsequia. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxx. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1 p.+. See above, f. 377d.]
Ibid.
(f. 405.)
To Thomas Salthous, rector of Portland in the diocese of Salisbury. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, any other benefice, or without that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities, etc., provided that they be not two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (Ja. Lucen. | xxxv. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1¼pp.]
Kal. Aug.
(1 Aug.)
Mantua.
(f. 405d.)
To Thomas Peny, perpetual vicar of St. Peter's in the East, Oxford, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, any other benefice, or without that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities, etc., even if two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (Ja. Lucen. | l. M. Amici. Jo. de Vulterris.) [1¼ pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 410.)
Declaration that letters conservatory granted to universities lately erected by papal authority in divers regions are to apply to scholars only who are in actual residence; with faculty hereby to the abbots of Aberbode and St. Gertrude's, Louvain, in the diocese of Liége, and the officials of Liége and Utrecht to intervene in cases of abuse. Ad. fut. rei mem. Romanus pontifex. (Ja. Lucen. | l. M. Amici. C. Fidelis.) [2 pp. —.]

Footnotes

2 On the back of the volume is the usual modern red leather label, with: ‘Pii ii. Secret. Lib. ii. T. xxxii.’ Inside the volume is what appears to be half, but not the front half, of the original sheepskin binding, blank except for the contemporary note: ‘Hic est forma alteranativarum fo. cccxxxiiii.’ On f. 334 is in fact a specimen ‘Alternativa,’ i.e. a faculty to bishops to make collation and provision of benefices which become void in alternative months, regardless of papal reservations, general or special, expectations etc. In the present case the faculty, which is dated at Mantua, 1459, 3 Kal. June anno 1, is addressed to Arnoldus Rogerius, patriarch of Alexandria, and applies to benefices in his patronage as bishop of Urgel, of which see he is bishop by papal grant and dispensation, the alternate months named being Feb. April, June, Aug. Oct and Dec. The Rubricelle have disappeared (if they existed), and the only contemporary description of the Register is that on the bottom edge of the volume, viz. ‘Liber ii. Anni i. Pii ii.’ There are i. to ccccxxiii. + 424 + 425 ff. of text. In the top margin of f. i. is ‘Senis 1459,’ and at the end of f. 425 is the usual ‘Gaspar Blondus,’ both contemporary.
3 ut litterarum studio in loco ubi illud vigeat generale quod prioribus temporibus frequentasti et in futurum frequentare intendis, aut carissimi in Christo filii nostri Henrici regis Anglie illustris serviciis insistendo, seu deputatus prefati regis Henrici in officio recepti honoris et dominii de Tyckhull parcella ducatus sui Lancastrie.
4 The ‘xvii. Kal. Aprilis’ has been added in a space which had been left blank.
5 in theologia actu studes.
6 seu absque illa vel illis.
7 in quo copiosus canonicorum sive monachorum numerus existit.
8 i.e. the usual subscription in the left-hand margin at the beginning, doubtless that of Ja. Lucen., as in the case of the following and of nearly all the letters at this point, is omitted
9 i.e. the usual subscription in the left-hand margin at the beginning, doubtless that of Ja. Lucen., as in the case of the following and of nearly all the letters at this point, is omitted.
10 The name is more like ‘Pecoli’ in the Register.
11 qui ut asseris sacre theologie in studio ubi illud vigeat generale operam dare intendis.
12 eosdem abbatem et conventum ecclesia annexa et appropriata huiusmodi de facto spoliavit, et denide minus veraciter procedens (rectius pretendens) quod dicti abbas et conventus super quitusdam fructibus et redditibus ad perpetuam vicariam huiusmodi ecclesie quam obtinct spectantibus iniuriarentur eidem
13 venerabilis frater noster episcopus Karleonen.
14 fructus dicte incorporate ecclesie ad instanciam dicti Thome ex arrupto (i.e. abrupto) et de facto et juris ordine penitus pretermisso sequestravii.
15 laudum seu sentencian arbitralem.
16 ad dictum modernum episcopum.
17 prebendam laicalem.
18 The ‘decimo Kal. Maii’ is added in the margin.
19 interdumque contigerit quod quedam ex mulieribus ipsis causa purificationis hui[u]smodi ad eandem parrochialem ecclesiam accedentibus proper aquarum inundaciones medio itinere submerse fuerint.
20 tibi et universitati prefactis (sic).
21 antequam illuscescat (sic) dies, etiam per horam seu horas ante diurnam lucem. Cf. below, f. 253.
22 dilectis filiis universis confratribus maiori [vel] eius locumtenenti constabulario societatis mercatorum stapule in villa Calisie Morinensis diocesis presentibus et futuris.
23 antequam illucescat dies, circa tamen diurnam lucem. Cf. above, f. 249d.
24 qui ut asseris in artibus magister existis ac parrochialem ecclesiam Eliensis diocesis inter cetera obtines. The omission of its name, and the holding of the name as expressed, is very unusual and as far as the editor is aware has never occurred before.
25 fuerat et etiam erat apud curiam dicti episcopi super diversis criminibus et delictis in errores secciones (?) et heresim sonantibus notatus et diffamatus.
26 illam summarie simpliciter et de plano, sine strepitu et figura judicii, sola facti veritate inspecta audiatis, et appellatione remota fine debito decidatis.
27 Injured by the binder.
28 The body of the letter has also the better forms ‘Ascley’ and ‘Aschley.’
29 ubicunque locorum residere morari aut declinare te pro tempore contigerit.
30 quacunque hora congrua aut competenti.
31 Idus’ is substituted in the margin for ‘Kal.’ which is cancelled.
32 archam et sigillum commune. Cf. ‘archam necnon sigillum communiter in Reg. Lat. CCCCXVII, f. 23d. (Cal. Papal Lett., IX, p. 479, note).
33 tam pro se quam pro aliis Christifidelibus ad dictum collegium seu capellam eiusdem confluentibus.
34 apportubus, rectius apportubus.
35 ex causis tamen tunc expressis ad dispositionem regum Anglie, per quos aliqua in suos et reliqua per alias laicales personas quibus illa a dictis regibus concessa in eorum usus a pluribus citra temporibus et annis detenta et occupata fuerant, et de quibus prout verisimiliter presumebatur quod in prohanos usus distraherentur pervenerant.
36 intelligentes opus et fundationem huiusmodi a decem et octo annis citra effectum fuisse sortita.
37 motu sciencia auctoritate et potestate predictis decernimus et declaramus quod directiones correctiones punitiones amotiones destitutiones et privationes de prefatis preposito et scolaribus ac ministris aliisque personis preterquam ecclesiasticis in collegio huiusmodi institutis et instituendis et alia quecunque spiritualium officiorum ministerium et administrationem concernentia facienda secundum voluntatem et mandatum dicti regis aut per eum quoad vixerit deputandarum personarum dumtaxat expediantur et fiant, cui aut quibus super inde plenariam potestatem concedimus pariter et facultatem. Ceteris vero quibuscuque personis et heredibus et successoribus suis Anglie regibus et aliis quibuscunque, etiam si imperiali cardinalatus regali reginali patriarchali archiepiscopali vel episcopali ducali aut alia quavis ecclesiastica seu mundana dignitate prefulgeant, preterquam ipsis quos idem carissimus in Christo filius noster Henricus sextus quoad vixerit in humanis in specie aut in genere nominaverit, similem potestatem adimimus, eis ne similia faciant aut attemptent inhibemus penitus et omnino.
38 There is no fee, nor the ususal name of the month in the margin.
39 tua peticio continebat quod dicta ecclesia in solo patrie terre tue nativitatis sita existit, cuius aer tibi utilis fore noscitur ac in ipsa et eius capellis membris et pertinenciis sumptuosam et laudailem fieri fecisti tuis expensis reparationem necessariam et utilem, quas expensas nondum percepisti (this word is partly obscured by a blot of ink), et imposterum in patris et pauperum ibidem consolationem (partly hidden by the same blot) elemosinas et iuvamen non solum ex eius fructibus, qui nimis exiles ad reparationem et alia onera eidem incumbentia supportanda existunt [sed etiam] de tuis aliunde perquisitis maiorem utilitatem facere intendis, ut asseris, dummodo dicta ecclesia per sedem apostolicam unacum aliis tuis beneficiis incompatibilis (sic) tibi declarata existat
40 tecum ut dictam ecclesiam quam possides tanquam beneficium incompatibile (sic) unacum singulis beneficiis ecclesiasticis predictis cum cura et sine cura que etiam ex quibusuis dispensationibus apostolicis obtines et imposterum forsan obtinebis quecunque et qualiacunque sint quoad vixeris retinere libere et licite valeasauctoritate apostolica tenor presentium de speciali gracia dispensamus pariter et tibi indulgemus.
41 The place where the abbey is situate is not mentioned.
42 de mane ante lucem.
43 etiam antequam illucescat dies, circa tamen diurnam lucem.
44 per alium quam per antiquiorem dicte ecclesie canonicum haberi obtineri seu optari.
45 per dictum Johannem Peregrini ac huiusmodi capitulum derisus ac domo predicta distitutus (sic) remaneat.
46 The text is incomplete here and below, and is in fact written by an unusually careless and apparently even ignorant scribe.
47 cum consensu assensu et aduisamento dilecti filii nobilis viri Jacobi uuilhelmi (sic) comitis eligendum, ‘unilhelmi’ being evidently a corruption of the Latin form of ‘Wiltshire.’ See Cal. Pat. Rolls, Hen. vi, 1452–61, p. 470.
48 What the scribe has written may be charitably read as ‘Neuuton,’ i.e. ‘Newton.’
49 The scribe has here made another and still less fortunate attempt to write the name. The above is only an approximate rendering of his effort.
50 nichilominus carissimus in Christo filius noster Henricus Anglie rex illustris cupit nominationem electionem confirmationem et trassationem (sic) huiusmodi ac inde secuta qu[e]cunque per sedem apostolicam confirmari.
51 acta publica conscribendo et dictando.
52 necnon registrator et custos registri seu registrorum fueris.
53 actaque scribere et dictare.
54 Cum autem, sicut eadem peticio subiungebat, prefata ecclesia de Landussul eidem capitulo uniri et reappropriari ac in pristinum statum reduci speretur ut asseris dicte ecclesie patronus (sic) modernus (sic) te ad eandem ecclesiam de Landussul ordinario loci presentarunt (sic) …
55 si patronorum huiusmodi ad id expressus accedat assenssus (sic) …