16 Kal. Aug.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|Exemption, at the recent petition of William, master, and the brethren of the Lazar house or hospital of Burton, in the diocese of Lincoln (fn. 1) (containing that although the said house or hospital is said to be dependent on the house of Boigny (de Boigniaco) of the said order, in the diocese of Orleans, the master and brethren of Burton have for about 80 years behaved as though free from any obedience to Boigny; that the two houses are so much apart that if the master and brethren of Burton had to have recourse to Boigny for all their affairs, its revenues would hardly suffice therefor, and that such recourse would moreover be unsafe, inasmuch as there have long been wars and dissensions between the English and French; alleging, furthermore, that Nicholas V made a similar grant to the master and brethren of the house of St. Anthony, London, O.S.A. (fn. 2) ), of the said house of Burton, and its master and brethren, priests, clerks, scholars, poor, servants, etc., of both sexes, and its goods etc., from all jurisdiction etc., of the master and brethren of Boigny, and also of all patriarchs, archbishops, bishops, judges ordinary and any others, the said house of Burton being hereby taken under the protection of the pope and the apostolic see, and decreed to be solely and immediately subject thereto, the master to be freely elected by the brethren from amongst themselves, and to require no confirmation, and to have power to admit new brethren, etc.; with mandate executory hereby to the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of London and Rochester. The master for the time being and the brethren of the said house (the mastership of which does not exceed a yearly value of 350 gold florins of the Camera, out of which the master has to support daily 14 poor lepers, or to pay them a weekly sum of money for the necessaries of life) are to pay to the papal collector in England every year at Christmas 12 similar florins, as compensation for first fruits and other dues payable for confirmation of elections, etc., and in token of the said immediate subjection. Ad perp. rei mem. Licet singula ecclesie ac hospitalia. (Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape). [In the margin: Julii. 6 pp.]