Vatican Regesta 510
1463-1464

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'Vatican Regesta 510: 1463-1464', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 11: 1455-1464 (1921), pp. 647-661. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=103766 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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6 Pius II.

1463.
16 Kal. Jan.
(17 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome
(f. 24.)
To the archdeacon of Berks (Berkshiri) in the church of Salisbury. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of John abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Reading and Thomas Barbour, (fn. 3) layman, of the diocese of Salisbury, contained that formerly the said John caused a certain monk of the said monastery, accused of apostasy, sacrilege and theft, (fn. 4) to be captured and put in prison, and ordered the said Thomas, his servant, to torture him till he confessed the said crimes, and that Thomas unlawfully applied torture to the monk's hands and feet, but without mutilation thereof and enormous wounding, until he so confessed, John and Thomas thereby incurring excommunication; and that thereafter the said John, being under such sentence, celebrated masses and other divine offices, thereby incurring irregularity. At the said petition, adding that they regret the foregoing, which they thought they could lawfully do, and in respect of which they were not guilty otherwise than as above, the pope hereby orders the above archdeacon to absolve them from the said sentence, enjoining penance, dispense John on account of irregularity and rehabilitate him. Sedes apostolica pia mater. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxx. A. de Urbino. P. de Chiarri. N. Garilliati.) [In the margin: Decembris, on the right of which is M. Amici and N. Tungen. 1⅓ pp.]
1463[–4].
Non. Jan.
(5 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 35d.)
To John Alcok, rector of St. Margaret's, London, doctor of laws. Dispensation to him, who is a priest and all of whose benefices and their values etc. the pope holds to be sufficiently expressed by these presents, to receive and retain for life [with the said church any one benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, or without that church] any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc., even if two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or chantries, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. A. de Urbino. Jo. de Tartarinis.) [In the margin: Januarii, by the side of which is M. Amici. N. Tungen. 12/3 pp.]
1464.
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
Petriolo in the
diocese of Siena.
(f. 42).
Confirmation, at the recent petition of the clergy and peoples of the cities and dioceses of St. Asaph, Bangor, St. Davids, Hereford and Coventry and Lichfield, in Wales, and within the Marches thereof (fn. 5) (containing that inasmuch as in those parts the number of murderers and ravishers of virgins and other women, thieves and robbers and other robbers had so much increased that unless their boldness were repressed, good and just men would hardly be able to be safe in future, the said clergy, with consent of the said peoples, have made and published divers statutes and ordinances in the matter, as is more fully contained in certain public instruments or other authentic documents) of the said statutes and ordinances. Ad fut. rei mem. Ex debito pastoralis officii. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lxx. A. de Urbino. G. Condolmario. N. de Benzis.) [In the left margin:Februarii, on the right of which is Jo. Horn and Ja. de Minutol(is). 1½ pp.]

5 Pius II.

1463.
10 Kal. June.
(23 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 53.)
To William Pyeton (recte Pycton), a monk, sometime prior, of the Benedictine priory of Holy Trinity, York. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a chantry, free chapel or annual stipend, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxx. N. Bregeon. A. Trapezun(tius).) [In the margin: Aprilis. ¾ p.]
Ibid. To Nicholas (fn. 6) Bertyn, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of St. Martin Novi operis, Dover, in the diocese of Canterbury. Dispensation to him, a priest, to receive and retain for life any benefice with cure wont to be held by any regular or secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a hospital, chantry, free chapel or yearly service for the dead, and to resign etc. as in the preceding. (G. … Trapezun(tius)), as ibid. [In the margin: Aprilis. 1 p.]
Ibid.
(f. 54.)
To the brethren (confratribus) of the confraternity or gild instituted in honour of St. Mary in the church of St. Botulph, of the town of Bostone in the diocese of Lincoln. Grant and indult, as below. Their recent petition contained that Nicholas V granted indult to all the brethren (confratribus) of both sexes then belonging to their confraternity and those who should enter it for the next five years, that the confessor of their choice secular or regular might, after hearing their confessions, grant them absolution, in cases reserved to the apostolic see once only during five years, in non-reserved cases as often as opportune, in perpetuity, and might enjoin penance; and that such confessor might grant them, being penitent and having confessed, plenary remission of all their sins, in the hour of death, with the condition about making satisfaction, the provision against abuse, the requirement of fasting for a year on Friday or other day of the week during the said or following year, or as soon as possible, and power for the confessor to commute such fasting etc. [see Cal. Papal Lett., X, pp. 86, 87, 235, 236]. At the said petition, adding that the said pope's letters took effect and that the said five years are ended, the pope hereby grants to the present brethren and sisters, and those who shall enter the confraternity during the next five years, (fn. 7) that the confessor of their choice may, after hearing their confessions, grant them absolution, in cases reserved to the apostolic see once only, in other cases as often as opportune, and enjoin penance, and may grant them plenary remission of all their sins in the hour of death, with the above clauses etc., as if the said pope Nicholas's letters extended to the present brethren (ad vos) and to such five years. Benigno sunt. (G. de Piccolominibus. | cxxx. N. Bregeon. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin: Maii. 21/5 pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 55.)
To Richard Hayman, archdeacon of Huntingdon in the church of Lincoln. Indult to visit by deputy the churches, monasteries and other ecclesiastical places within the said archdeaconry, and one other archdeaconry which he shall hold, and the persons thereof, as long as he holds the said archdeaconry of Huntingdon and such other, and to receive the procurations in money; with mandate executory hereby to the archbishop of Canterbury and the archdeacon of Lincoln. (fn. 8) Meruit tue devotionis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lxx. N. Bregeon. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin: Maii. 1½ pp.]
17 Kal. Aug.
(16 July.)
Tivoli.
(f. 84d.)
To Roger Chesshire, rector of Boston in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him, who is a priest, and all of whose benefices and their values etc. the pope holds to be sufficiently expressed by these presents, to receive and retain for life any other benefice, or if he resign that church any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities etc. in cathedral or collegiate churches [and such dignities be major or] principal accordingly, even if two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or chantries, or such mixed, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lv. (fn. 9) G. de Porris. N. de Tongues.) [In the margin:Julii. 12/3 pp.]
Ibid.
(f. 85.)
To Richard Langkake (sic), a canon of the Augustinian church or monastery of St. Mary, Carlisle, in the diocese of Carlisle. Dispensation to receive and retain for life in commendam, with his canon's portion in the said church or monastery of Carlisle, any benefice with or without cure wont to be governed by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, personatus, chantry or annual, and of lay patronage, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxx. G. de Porris. N. de Tumges (sic).) [In the margin:Julii. 1 p.]
Ibid.
(f. 86.)
To Robert Gyfforde, professed of the Order of St. Augustine, of London, of the order of Augustinian friars. (fn. 10) Dispensation to him, who has made his profession of the order of Augustinian friars, and is prior of the house of the same Saint at London, (fn. 11) to receive and retain for life any parish church wont to be held by secular clerks, even if of lay patronage, and serve it in person etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxv. G. de Po[r]ris. N. de Tongues.) [In the margin: Julii. ¾ p.]
Id. Aug.
(13 Aug.)
Tivoli.
(f. 88.)
To John Evesby, abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Woburn (de Woburnia) in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him (who alleges that on account of debts contracted in the time of his predecessors, wars and other misfortunes, he cannot provide for the repair of the said monastery, which is in a miserable state of ruin, and otherwise by himself bear its burdens), to retain for life in commendam therewith any benefice with or without cure wont to be governed by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and of lay patronage, and even if he resign the said monastery, and to resign such benefice, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Personam tuam. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxxv. G. de Porris. Jo. de Veneriis.) [In the margin: Augusti. 1 p. +.]

6 Pius II.

8 Id. Nov.
(6 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 153d.)
Revocation etc., as below. The recent petition of Peter Courteney, archdeacon of Exeter, proctor in the Roman court of Edward king of England, Thomas Hope, a canon of Wells, and John Lassy, a canon of St. Asaph, chamberlains of the hospital of Holy Trinity and St. Thomas of Canterbury at Rome, and Robert Clerck, warden, and the brethren, clerks and laymen and the secular sisters of the said hospital, contained that recently Alexius archbishop of Benevento, vice-chamberlain of the pope, at the instigation of certain enemies of the hospital, after having visited it in person in accordance with a special commission from the present pope and found nothing worthy of note, on the report of a deputy appointed by him changed (fn. 12) certain approved statutes of the hospital and, with the consent of some, but under protest from the said chamberlains, warden and brethren, for the most part, put forth, but has not yet executed, (fn. 13) other statutes, the observance of which statutes would be to the great prejudice of the hospital, from all which the said chamberlains etc. have appealed to the apostolic see. The pope hereby, calling up to himself all causes in the matter, and extinguishing the suit, revokes the said new statutes etc., together with the commission to the said Alexius and to Stephen archbishop of Milan, then too a papal vice-chamberlain, and decrees and declares them to be null and void, and confirms and approves the ancient statutes (the contents of three of which he recapitulates, one of them concerning the reception of English pilgrims, sick and whole). Ad fut. rei mem. Ex debito solicitudinis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | Sine taxa and D. de Piscia. (fn. 14) ) [2 pp. +.]
Ibid.
(f. 154d.)
To Peter Guillermus Rocha, a papal notary, residing in the Roman court. Mandate in regard to a suit concerning a house in Rome, situate near the church of S. Biagio de[l]la Fossa in the rione Parione and the contrada Tribii parentum, (fn. 15) and belonging to the hospital of [Holy] Trinity and St. Thomas the Martyr of the English, which had been granted on lease under a certain yearly cess to John Lax, clerk, of the diocese of Durham, and which he had in many ways improved, and which was sold by auction (fn. 16) to satisfy his creditors, and which improvements were bought by the rectors or governors of the said hospital, the said John being absent from the Roman court, for 300 gold florins of the Camera in order that the house might not pass into other hands, wherefore a dispute arose between them and John, etc. Etsi cunctis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | D. de Piscia. (fn. 17) ) [2⅓ pp.]
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 164.)
To Thomas Chippenham, rector of the parish church[es] of Orcheston Marie and Bikebury and of the free chapel of Acte voch (rectius Atteuo[r]th) in the dioceses of Salisbury and Exeter, doctor of decrees. 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 two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or dignities etc., and all of whose benefices and their values etc. the pope holds to be expressed by these presents, and who is chancellor of [George Neville] bishop of Exeter, chancellor of England (fn. 18) ) to receive and retain for life with such incompatible benefices any other benefice, or without them any three benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even major or principal dignities etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, provided that he do not hold three parish churches or perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, or three major or principal dignities. Litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. G. de Porris. Baudetus. Jo. de Salas.) [In the margin: Septembris. 12/3 pp.]
Non. Oct.
(7 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 173d.)
To Edward king of England. Indult, at his petition, that wherever he may reside or come to he and his queen for the time being may cause mass and other divine offices to be celebrated and sung, as often as opportune and as often as he and she think good, in their presence and that of their households, by fit priests of their choice, at anysoever fitting or convenient hour; and that the said priests may administer to them, as often as expedient, the sacrament of Eucharist and other sacraments. Magne devotionis affectus. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxx. A. de Urbino. Jo. de Aquilone.) [In the margin: Octobris. ½ p.]
[1463.]
Prid. Id. Oct.
(14 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 175d.)
To all etc. Requesting a safe-conduct for Richard Vyly, a Scot, archdeacon of Brechin, nuncio of the pope and of the papal Camera, and for his retinue to the number of six. Registered briefly: Pius etc, universis etc. Cum dilectum filium Ricardum Vyly Scotum archidiaconum ecclesie Brechinen. pro nostris et camere apostolice negotiis nostrum et eiusdem camere nuncium etc. Littera passus in forma cum sex personis etc., cum clausula dummodo causa mercimonii non portentur etc. Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum anno etc. pridie Idus Octobris pontificatus nostri anno sexto, i.e. the year of the Incarnation is omitted. (G. de Piccolominibus. | Gratis. Jo. Baptista.)
1463.
8 Kal. Oct.
(24 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 202.)
To Philip Morgan alias David, rector of St. Martin's, Bladon, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him, who holds the said church and two chapels annexed, the value of it and them not exceeding 25 marks sterling, to receive and retain for life with the said church any other benefice, or without that church any two benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc., or two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or hospitals or chantries, or such mixed, provided that the fruits etc. of one of such parish churches do not exceed yearly 100 gold florins [of the Camera], and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. G. de Porris. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Septembris. 1½ pp.]
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 215d.)
To John Miluerton, professed of the Carmelite house of Oxford, in the diocese of Lincoln, and S.T.B. Dispensation to him, who is prior-provincial of England, to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held or governed by secular clerks, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, chantry, annual service, free chapel or hospital, even of lay patronage, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases; and moreover to exercise the cure etc. in person or by deputy, absent himself as often as he pleases, enjoy meanwhile all the privileges etc. of the said house and order, and receive the rents etc. of the same [benefice] in their entirety, and give them to farm to any persons, even laymen. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxxv. G. de Porris. Jo. de Tartarinis.) [In the margin: Septembris. 1⅓ pp.]
7 Id. Nov.
(7 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 225d.)
To all etc. Requesting a safe-conduct for Peter Courteney, a papal notary and proctor in the Roman court of Edward king of England, and Thomas Hoppe, doctor of laws, a papal chamberlain, whom the pope is sending as nuncio on arduous business to the king and realm of England, and for their retinue to the number of twenty. Registered briefly:Pius etc. universis etc. Cum dilectos filios Petrum Courteney notarium nostrum et carissimi in Christo filii nostri Edoardi regis Anglie illustris in Romana curia procuratorem ac Thomam Hoppe legum doctorem cubicularium nostrum pro nostris et sedis apostolice arduis negotiis nuntios nostros ad regem et regnum Anglie mittamus, Nos cupientes etc. Littera passus in forma usque ad numerum xxti, sub data Rome apud ….. (G. de Piccolominibus. | De Curia. L. de Banchis.)

5 Pius II.

11 Kal. July.
(21 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 261.)
To Baldwin Heyde, rector of Bekley, in the diocese of Chichester. Dispensation to him (who in the time of Calixtus III was in virtue of a faculty granted by Nicholas V to Vincent Clementis, canon and provost of Valencia, collector of the Camera in those parts under the said pope Nicholas, as he is still of the present pope, dispensed on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain two compatible benefices, even if one were a canonry and prebend in a collegiate church, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased [see Cal. Papal Lett., X, pp. 206, 207], in virtue of which dispensation he was so promoted and obtained a canonry and the prebend of Holyngton in the collegiate church of St. Mary within the castle of Hastyng in the said diocese and the parish church of Estlechy Sancti Martini, and, upon resigning it, that of Bekley, in the dioceses of Worcester and Chichester, to which churches he was presented, the value of which canonry and prebend and parish church of Bekley, and the tenour of which said faculty and dispensation the pope holds to be expressed by these presents, and which faculty and dispensation, and their consequences, he hereby confirms, etc.) to receive and retain for life with the said church of Bekley any other benefice etc. as to Philip Morgan above, f. 202, mutatis mutandis (e.g. without the 100 florins clause). Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lxxxx. G. de Porris. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin: Augusti. 2⅓ pp.]

6 Pius II.

17 Kal. Oct.
(15 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 285.)
To John Barker, rector of Monyuden, in the diocese of Norwich, M.A. Dispensation to him, who holds the said church, which is immediately subject to the archiepiscopal jurisdiction of Canterbury, and all of whose benefices and their values etc. the pope holds to be expressed by these presents, to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure etc. as to John Alcok above, f. 35d., mutatis mutandis (e.g. here with the clause providing that the fruits etc. of one of such parish churches do not exceed yearly 100 gold ducats of the Camera). Litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. G. de Porris. Jo. de Aquilone.) [In the margin: Septembris. 1½ pp.]
Ibid. To Ralph Calcroft, perpetual vicar of Chesterfeld in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. The like. (G. … Aquilone), as in the preceding. [In the margin: Septembris. Registered briefly, with: salutem etc. Vite ac morum honestas etc. Inseratur ut in proxima mutatis mutandis usque pontificatus nostri anno sexto, after which is ‘Attende quia iste non est sub aliqua jurisdictione.’]
Ibid. To John Jakson, rector of Fyllyngham, in the diocese of Lincoln, M.A. The like. (G. … Aquilone), as in the preceding. [In the margin: Septembris. Registered briefly, with: salutem etc. Litterarum sciencia vite ac morum honestas etc. Inseratur ut in proxima usque pontificatus nostri anno sexto, after which is ‘Etiam attende quia iste non est sub aliqua jurisdictione.’]
Id. Nov.
(13 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 312.)
Suppression etc. of Eton College, as below. The recent petition of Edward king of England contained that in the royal castle of Windsor there has been from old times a certain college or collegiate church of St. George the Martyr, of the foundation of kings of England, that in the said church there is a society of knights called the Knights of the Garter, of which the king of England is always the chief, that in the said church divine offices are continually celebrated with great devotion, and that the said knights often assemble therein to hear them in a certain military habit with the insignia of the said knighthood; and that there is a certain other college [of Eton] of ecclesiastics, situate three miles from the said castle, which king Henry erected in the time when he reigned in England, although he never finished it, and a church there founded under the name of St. Mary the Virgin, and hardly begun, [both] of little use (fn. 19) ; and added that, although on account of the changes in those parts there is no easy hope of their being finished (de eorum perfectione), nevertheless, even if they were finished (seeing that the college within the said castle has always been and still is very notable), it would be to the little increase of divine worship and to the little benefit of the neighbours. (fn. 20) It has therefore been petitioned on behalf of the said king Edward that the pope should transfer the persons of the said newly erected college to the said college of St. George within the said castle, unite and appropriate the said newly erected college or collegiate church (the college itself therein or the name of a college being suppressed) to the said college and church within the castle, etc. The pope therefore, transferring hereby all the persons of the said college of St. Mary to the said college of St. George, and suppressing and extinguishing therein the name and office of a college, unites and appropriates in perpetuity the said church and college of St. Mary, with all its annexed and appropriated monasteries, priories etc. and benefices etc., to the said college and church of St. George, so that henceforth from the said colleges there shall be a single college in the said castle and one capitular mensa only, and that it shall be lawful for the persons of the said college of St. George and for those thus translated to take possession of the said newly founded church and its annexes etc., and convert them to their own uses, without requiring licence of the diocesan or any other, the pope further ordaining that the persons thus translated from the new to the old college shall be admitted in the latter according to their state and dignity or order, and that they and others of the said college of St. George may and shall jointly use and enjoy all privileges etc. of both the said colleges granted to them by the apostolic see or otherwise, in exactly like manner and without any difference as if they had been granted to the said college of St. George and to the said translated and other persons; notwithstanding etc., and provided that the said newly founded church and the place of the said college be not reduced to profane uses, on account of the said translation, union and appropriation, but that its burdens be fittingly supported. Ad perp. rei mem. Romanus pontifex qui singularis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | ccl. Fabritius. D. de Piscia.) [2¼ pp. In the margin at the beginning, below the ‘G. de Piccolominibus’ is R(egistra)ta de mandato domini thesaurarii.]
4 Id. Nov.
(10 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 316.)
To the subdean of Exeter. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Henry Drew, layman, of the said diocese, contained that the present pope ordered [the late] John Row, then subdean of Exeter, to absolve Henry from fornication committed with a certain woman, on account of which he was related in the second degree of affinity to Joan Hamely, with whom he contracted marriage after the said fornication, and from sentence of excommunication, if any, incurred on account of the foregoing, inasmuch as the said fornication was entirely secret, and moreover to dispense Henry and Joan to remain in their marriage. At the said petition, adding that the said John Row died before he received the pope's letters, the pope hereby orders the present subdean, who is ex officio confessor-general in the diocese of Exeter, to absolve and dispense in accordance with the said former mandate. Exhibita nobis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xv. A. de Urbino. P. Chiarry. L. de Banchis.) [In the margin:Novembris. 2/3 p. See above, p. 434.]
14 Kal. Dec.
(18 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 317.)
To Anthony Guston, a monk professed of the Benedictine monastery of SS. Mary and Martin Novi operis, Dover, in the diocese of Canterbury. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure, wont etc., as to William Pycton above, f. 53, mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxx. A. de Urbino. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Novembris. 2/3 p.]
11 Kal. Dec.
(21 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 318d.)
To William Cok, rector of Brandesburton in the diocese of York. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 28l. sterling, any other benefice etc. as to Philip Morgan above, f. 202, mutatis mutandis (e.g. here with ‘do not exceed yearly 100l. sterling’). Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. A. de Urbino. P. de Chyarry. L. Therunda.) [In the margin: Novembris. 1 p.]

5 Pius II.

1462[–3]
Kal. March.
(1 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 320.)
To all Christ's faithful who shall see the present letters. Relaxation in perpetuity (the pope having learned that a number of his predecessors granted to those who at certain times of the year visited the chapel of St. Anne situate in the wood by Bristol in the diocese of Bath and Wells, and gave alms for its conservation, certain indulgences to be valid for certain periods, which periods have now lapsed, wherefore the faithful abstain from visiting the chapel, so that it is become ruinous and is in great need of repair and the restoration of its ornaments) of five years and five quarantines of enjoined penance to penitents who on the fourth Sunday of Lent on which ‘Letare Hierosolyma’ is sung, and on the feast of St. Anne, from the first to the second vespers, visit the chapel and give alms for the said repairs etc. Ante tronum. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxx. S. de Spada. G. de Fuentes. L. de Cosciaris.) [In the margin: Martii. 1 p.]

6 Pius II.

1463.
Kal. Dec.
(1 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 322d.)
To John Amesham, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter, Westminster, near London, bachelor in decrees. Dispensation to receive and retain for life [in commendam] with his monk's portion in the said monastery any benefice with or without cure, secular or regular of any order, even if a dignity etc., parish church etc., and to resign it, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxx. A. de Urbino. P. de Chiarry. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin: Novembris. 1 p.]

5 Pius II.

7 Kal. July.
(25 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 329.)
Annotation, at the instance of David Balfour, dean of Ross, who alleges that he needs it for the preservation of his right, of a constitution put forth by the present pope on 5 Sept. 1458; with decree hereby that the said tenour, thus inserted, shall have everywhere full judicial value, to wit:
Item voluit quod super beneficiis ecclesiasticis de qualitatibus eorum, videlicet an dignitates personatus vel officia sint eisque cura immineat animarum, et ad ea consueverit qui per electionem assumi, mencio fiat, alias gracie desuper facte sint nulle, et si qualitates huiusmodi affirmative seu condicionaliter non exprimantur, negativa desuper expressio fiat in beneficiis que tales qualitates vel ex eis aliquas consueverunt habere.
Ad fut. rei mem. Cunctis disponentes. (G. de Piccolominibus. | v. A. de Urbino. P. de Chiarri. N. Bregeon.) [In the margin: Novembris. ½ p.]

6 Pius II.

Id. Nov.
(13 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome
(f. 331d.)
To Mary queen of Scotland (Scotie). Indult that a fit priest of her choice, secular or regular, may grant her as often as need be, after hearing her confessions, absolution and enjoin penance, except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and also, once only, in reserved cases, except in cases of offence against ecclesiastical liberty etc. and enjoin penance; that the said or other confessor of her choice may grant her, once only, being contrite and having confessed, plenary remission of all her sins in the hour of death; that she may have a portable altar and have masses and other divine offices celebrated thereon in suitable places by such fit priest, in presence of herself and her household servants, and have water blessed every Sunday in the place where the said altar shall be, even if such places be under interdict, with closed doors, etc., and in a low voice, even before daybreak; and that the said or other confessor of her choice may administer to her and her said servants the Eucharist and other sacraments. As regards the said grant of plenary remission, her confessor shall enjoin the making of satisfaction to whom it is due, the grant shall not avail her in case of abuse, and on every Friday for a year, on which she ought to have fasted, she shall refresh three poor persons, or, if unable to do so on any of the said Fridays, shall do so on other days of the following year. (fn. 21) Preclare devocionis affectus. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. G. de Porris. S. Planas.) [In the margin at the end: Septembris. 1½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illust., pp. 451–452, No. 833, from ‘Reg. Tom. XLIII, fol. 331,’ i.e. the present Register.]
Prid. Id. Nov.
(12 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 388.)
To the bishop of Aberdeen and the abbots of Melros in the diocese of Glasgow and Neobotil in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate, as below. It was lately set forth to the pope on behalf of Adam Hepburn of Dunseer, layman, of the diocese of Dunblane, that he formerly, in ignorance of the existence of an impediment, contracted marriage per verba legitime de presenti with Helen Hum, of the diocese of St. Andrews, and consummated it, offspring being born; that, upon his learning that they were related in the second and third degree[s] of affinity he, with a view to a divorce, (fn. 22) caused her, not by papal delegation, to be summoned for judgment before Robert bishop of Dunblane, by reason of the domicile where Adam was then dwelling, which bishop promulgated a definitive sentence by which he made the divorce, (fn. 23) from which, alleging it to be unjust, Helen appealed to the apostolic see, but has not prosecuted it after a lapse of more than five months since lodging it, although she could have done so. The pope therefore ordered the above bishop of Aberdeen and the abbot of Neobotyl and John Otterburn, archpriest of Dunbar in the diocese of St. Andrews to proceed in the said appeal cause, hear both sides and decree what was canonical, without appeal, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure, as is more fully contained in letters of the pope, in which it was not expressed that he had, at Helen's instance, committed the said appeal cause to Master Lewis de Ludovisis, a papal chaplain and auditor. At Adam's recent petition, containing that the merits of the cause can be made clear nowhere better than in those parts and with less expense to both parties, and asking the pope to call up the cause to himself, with consent of the proctors of both parties, from the said Lewis or his deputy, and from any other judge in partibus, the pope hereby, with consent of the proctors of both parties, orders the above three to summon Helen and others concerned, and confirm or annul the said sentence. Ad Romani pontificis. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxv. A. de Urbino. P. Chiarry. M. de Sole.) [In the margin: Novembris. 2 pp. See above, p. 484.]
5 Id. Dec.
(9 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 390d.)
To Richard Lichefild, archdeacon of Bath, doctor of laws. Dispensation to receive and retain for life with the said archdeaconry, which is a non-major non-elective dignity with cure, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, any other benefice etc. as to Philip Morgan above, f. 202, mutatis mutandis (e.g. here without the 100 florins clause). Litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. A. de Urbino. P. Chiarry. Jo. de Aquilone.) [In the left-hand margin: D(ecembris), to the right of which is M. Amici. 1 p. +.]

5 Pius II.

14 Kal. Aug.
(19 July.)
Tivoli.
(f. 391.)
To William Langton, clerk, of the diocese of York. Dispensation to receive and retain after he attains his nineteenth year, any benefice with cure, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, or a rural deanery or archpriestship, and to resign it, simply or for exchange, when he pleases; not to be bound for seven years from the present date, whilst studying letters at an university, to have himself promoted to any holy orders on account of the said or any other benefice with cure or otherwise requiring holy orders, provided that within a year of obtaining such benefice he have himself ordained subdeacon, and moreover not to be bound during the said period to reside in person in such benefice; with further grant to rent etc. during the said period the fruits etc. of such benefice to any persons, even laymen. Vite etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | l. A. de Urbino. P. de Chyarri. A. Trapezuntius.) [In the margin: D(ecembris) and M. Amici. 1 p.]

6 Pius II.

Id. Dec.
(13 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 391d.)
To John Hetyngham alias Byott, an Augustinian friar professed of Clare in the diocese of Norwich. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if a parish church etc. as to William Pycton above, f. 53, mutatis mutandis. Religionis etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | xxxx. A. de Urbino. P. de Chiarri. A. de Trapezuntius [sic].) [In the margin: Novembris. 1 p.]
Prid. Kal. Jan.
(31 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 412d.)
To William Poteman, rector of St. Mary's, Wolnoth, in the diocese of London, and of Stanlake in the diocese of Lincoln, doctor of laws. 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 two parish churches or perpetual vicarages or dignities etc., and all of whose benefices and their values etc. the pope holds to be expressed by these presents) to receive and retain for life with the said two churches, which he holds inter alia in virtue of the said dispensation, any other benefice, or without them any three benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if major or principal dignities etc. or with one thereof two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or such mixed, 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 such mixed, or three major or principal dignities. Litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus. | lx. A. de Urbino. P. de Chiarri. Jo. de Veneriis.) [In the left margin: Decembris, on the right of which is M. Amici. 1¾ pp. See above, p. 177.]
1464.
6 Kal. June.
(27 May.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 423d.)
To John Stones, rector of Bugby in the diocese of Lincoln, M.A. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth and a chaplain of Richard earl of Warwick, to receive and retain for life with the said church, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, any other benefice etc. as to Philip Morgan above, f. 202, mutatis mutandis (e.g. without the 100 florins clause). Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (G. de Piccolominibus, under which is Card(inalis). | l. S. Planas. A. de Senis.) [In the right-hand margin: Maii, on the right of which is Jo. Horn.]

Footnotes

2 On the back of the volume is the usual modern red leather label, with ‘Pii ii. Secret. Lib. xiii. T. xliii.,’ and on the bottom edge of the volume is the usual contemporary description: ‘i. Anni. vi. Liber xiii. Pii.’ Inside the volume is apparently the front half of the original strong parchment binding, with the contemporary ‘Primus Anni [Sexti]’ and ‘P’ (perhaps representing ‘G. de Piccolominibus’). There is also the 16th century ‘Vis(a) V(ictorius) Cl(ementinus).’ There are no Rubricelle, and the text embraces ff. i. to ccccxxiiii, at the end of which is the usual ‘Gaspar Blondus.’
3 Barbe/o, rectius Barb2/o.
4 petitio continebat quod olim ipse Johannes quendam monachum dicti monasterii apostasie sacrilegii ac furti criminibus notatum et super hiis in partibus illis publice notatum ac diffamatum capi et carceribus mancipari fecit, ac dicto Thoma tunc familiari suo ut eundem monachum quoad crimina huiusmodi confiteretur torqueri mandavit, ipse vero Thomas ad mandatum huiusmodi eidem monacho in manibus et pedibus circa (? rectius citra) tamen membrorum eorundem mutilationem ac enormem lesionem, quoad si crimina predicta commi[si]sse confessus extitit, nonnulla tormenta preter juris dispositionem intulit, in tales a jure promulgatam excommunicationis sententiam incurrendo. …
5 Sane pro parte dilectorum filiorum cleri et populorum existentium in Vallea et infra marchias eiusdem Assaven. Bangorien. ac Meneven. et Hereforden. necnon Conventren. et Lichefelden. civitatum et diocesum nobis nuper exhibita petitio continebat quod
6 Nicolao’ is written above ‘Richardo,’ which is cancelled.
7 vobis ac omnibus et singulis confratribus et confratissis qui vel que hinc ad quinquennium a data presentium computandum huiusmodi vestram confraternitatem intrabunt.
8 venerabili fratri nostro archiepiscopo Lincolnien. (rectius Cantuarien.) et dilecto filio archidiacono Lincolnien.
9 Probably an error for ‘l,’ the usual tax.
10 Roberto Gyfforde, professori ordinis Sancti Augustini Londonien. ordinis fratrum heremitarum eiusdem sancti.
11 qui ut asseris ordinem heremitarum sancti Augustini expresse professus ac prior domus eiusdem sancti Londonien. existis.
12 penitus immutavit.
13 nondum tamen executioni demandavit.
14 Without the usual month in the margin.
15 domus quedam posita in Urbe prope ecclesiam sancti Blasii de la Fossa in regione Parionis et in contrata Tribii parentum.
16 venditioni et insubastatione (sic) publice exposita fuisset ac venderetur.
17 Without the usual tax and month in the margin.
18 venerabilis fratris nostri episcopi Oxoniensis (rectius Exoniensis) regni Anglie cancellarii (apparently corrected to or from cansellarii) existis cancellarius. Thomas Chippenham does not occur in the list of the chancellors of Exeter in Le Neve, Fasti, ed. Hardy, I, p. 419.
19 Sane pro parte carissimi in Christo filii nostri Edwardi regis Anglie illustris nobis nuper exhibita peticio continebat quod cum in castro regali de Windesora infra regnum Anglie Saresbir[i]ensis diocesis consistente sit et ab antiquis temporibus fuerit quoddam collegium seu ecclesia collegiata sub vocabulo sancti Georgii martiris fundata, cuiusquidem fundatores fuerunt clarissime memorie reges Anglie dicti Edwardi predecessores, et apud dictam ecclesiam habeatur societas militum garterii nuncu patorum cuius societatis rex Anglie pro tempore prior semper extitit prout adhuc existit, et in eadem ecclesia divina officia cum magna devotione continue celebrentur, milites quoque predicti sub certo habitu militari cum insigniis dicte militie pro divinis audiendis sepenumero conveniant ad eandem, propterea (sic) (? rectius preterea) quoddam aliud collegium ecclesiasticarum personarum quod extra dictum castrum per spatium trium stadiorum constitutum existit, et quod carissimus in Christo filius noster Henricus rex eo tempore quo in Anglia regnabat pro sui devotione erexit, licet nunquam perfecerit, et apud illud ecclesia sub vocabulo beate Marie virginis fundata et vix inchoata parum utilitatis ex(ist)ant. The text seems unsatisfactory.
20 in modicum divini cultus augmentum ac personarum circumvicinarum cederet relevamen.
21 et si forte aliquibus ex eisdem feriis id facere non posses, aliis diebus anni insequentis refectionem ipsam complere debeas. Theiner has ‘restrictionem’ instead of ‘refectionem.’
22 super hoc petendo divortium celebrare (rectius celebrari) et se invicem separare (rectius separari).
23 per quam inter predictos Adam et Elenam divortium celebravit.