A. D. 1261. Sheriffs.: Philip' le Taillour,; Richard de Walebrok,
In this year, just before the Translation of Saint Edward [13 October]
the aforesaid dissension was allayed between his lordship the King and
his Barons, the King and his Queen then sojourning at (fn. 1) Saint Paul's,
and the King of Almaine at Saint Martin's le Grand; a reconciliation
however, which did not last. On the contrary, the Barons, after this, in
some places removed the Sheriffs of his lordship the King, and appointed
others there, whom they styled "Wardens of the Counties;" and further,
would not allow the Justiciars to do their duty, who had been sent
throughout the kingdom on Eyre.
This year, Thomas Fitz-Thomas was made Mayor.
In this year, at Lent, his lordship the King caused to be read at
Saint Paul's Cross a certain Bull of Pope (fn. 2) Urban, who had been made
Pope the same year; which confirmed the Bull of Pope (fn. 3) Alexander, his
predecessor, who had previously absolved the King and all the others of
the oath which they had made in the Parliament at Oxford, as before
noticed in this record. The King also sent his writ throughout all the
cities of England, commanding that no one should gainsay such absolution,
and further, that if any one should in deed or word presume to do the
contrary of such command, he should be taken, and not liberated without
order of his lordship the King.
In this year, the King of Almaine took his departure from London,
on the day before the Feast of Saint Alban [22 June], and crossed over
the third day after.
After, this, on the Sunday next after the Feast of Peter and Paul
[29 June], his lordship the King took leave of the citizens of London,
at Saint Paul's Cross, to pass over into France, and on the morrow
departed from Westminster for the sea-coast, and the Queen with him;
there being at that time beyond sea Sir Edward and Sir Edmund, sons
of his lordship the King. The King and Queen soon afterwards
About this time died Richard de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, and Henry de Wingham, Bishop of London.
After this, the King fell ill of a grievous sickness, about the Feast of
Saint Mary in the month of (fn. 4) September; by reason of which sickness,
he remained in the parts beyond sea until after the Feast of Saint
Nicholas [6 December].
About the same time Richard Talebot, Dean of St. Paul's, was elected
Bishop of London; who, returning from the parts beyond sea, where he
had been presented to his lordship the King, came over to England; but
falling ill, he took to his bed and died, just before the Feast of Saint
Michael, and before consecration.