Regesta 26


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'Regesta 26: 1261-1263', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1: 1198-1304 (1893), pp. 376-379. URL: Date accessed: 26 November 2014.


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Regesta, Vol. XXVI.

1 Urban IV.

Kal. Oct.
(f. 2.)
Faculty to the prior and Augustinian friars in England to have one bell in their houses to sound the hour and call them to office.
3 Id. Oct.
(f. 8d.)
Inhibition, addressed to the abbot and convent of Westminster, forbidding any of the monks to confess their sins except to the abbot, or those licensed by him or by the pope.
2 Non. Feb.
(f. 9d.)
To the abbot and convent of Westminster. On the election of prior Philip to be abbot, Master John Clarel, papal chaplain, was sent to Rome on the business of the confirmation of the election, and obtained faculty from Alexander IV. to contract a loan of 660 marks, of which 300 were due to the camera and as many to the cardinals; the rest went to pay creditors. Clarel gave a bond for the convent to repay the whole sum to divers merchants of Florence and Siena, who had promised to pay the 600 marks to the pope and the cardinals, but did not pay the 300 to the camera, on which they were paid by the abbot. The pope therefore annuls the bond for the 300 marks paid to the camera and the 30 due to the merchants.
Ibid. Concurrent mandate to the abbot of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, and the prior of Mertune, in the diocese of Winchester.
2 Non. Feb.
(f. 12.)
Indult to the abbot and Benedictine convent of St. James's, Walden, in the diocese of London, to absolve his monks and postulants from any sentence of suspension, interdict, or excommunication which they may have incurred, and to dispense them on account of irregularity; but postulants must not make profession within a month from such absolution.
10 Kal. Mar.
Mandate to all archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, deans, archdeacons, and other prelates to celebrate the feast of St. Richard, bishop of Chichester, on 3 Non. April, he having been placed in the catalogue of saints on 5 Kal. Feb. after examination of his life and miracles, under Alexander IV. the cause having been promoted by the king and magnates of England. Relaxation of a year and forty days of enjoined penance is granted to those who visit his tomb on the feast itself, and of 40 days to those who visit it during the succeeding fortnight.
5 Kal. April.
(f. 17.)
Licence to the dean and chapter of Chichester to translate the body of St. Richard; with relaxation of one year of enjoined penance to those who visit it on the day of its translation, and of forty days to those who visit it on the anniversary or during the octave.
Id. Mar.
(f. 17d.)
Dispensation to Master John de Wich, canon of Suthmaling, in the diocese of Chichester, papal chaplain, on resigning one of the three benefices which he has, to accept another.
Ibid. The like to Nicholas de Wich, canon of Chichester, papal chaplain, who holds two benefices value 40 marks, to hold also the deanery of Suthmalling.
Id. Dec.
(f. 21d.)
Dispensation to Master Ralph de Fremingeham to hold the rectory of Everesholte, in the diocese of Lincoln, besides the benefices he has, with cure of souls, by papal dispensation, and two without such dispensation, and also a prebend of London, and on resigning one of these to accept another.
4 Id. Mar.
(f. 22.)
Dispensation to Laurence Esperune, rector of Heyfordwarin, in the diocese of Lincoln, to hold also the church of Thedmerse in that of Salisbury, in commendam, their value hardly exceeding 11 marks, and on resigning either to accept another.
10 Kal. April.
(f. 22.)
Dispensation, at the request of Edward, the king's eldest son, to Henry de Sarum, papal chaplain, rector of Stokes-under-Lyme, in the diocese of Coventry, to hold an additional benefice with cure of souls, and on resigning either to accept another.
10 Kal. July.
(f. 25.)
Mandate to Jordan, cardinal of SS. Cosmas and Damian, to make provision to Master Richard, papal subdeacon and notary, nephew of R. cardinal of St. Angelo, of one or more benefices in England.
15 Kal. July.
(f. 26d.)
Dispensation at the request of Edward, the king's eldest son, to Master Geoffrey called ‘le Gros,’ professor of civil law, rector of Ockendun, in the diocese of London, to hold also three other benefices, value hardly more than 40 marks.
2 Non. July.
(f. 27d.)
Dispensation to William, son of a clerk in minor orders, abbot of Middleton, in the diocese of Salisbury, dispensed by pope Innocent on account of illegitimacy, when prior of Winchester, and further dispensed by pope Alexander, so as to be promoted to dignities. On being elected to the see of Winchester, a question was raised as to the sufficiency and accuracy of the dispensations, the fact of his being the son of a clerk having been concealed, and also because anillegitimate person ought to be postulated, not elected, so that the pope cancelled the election. The pope now legitimatises him and allows him to hold the abbey of Middleton and the fruits received from it, and dispenses him, so that he may hold a bishopric, if elected or postulated thereto.
5 Id. July.
(f. 28.)
Appointment of Master Ralph de Fremingeham to be a papal chaplain.
5 Id. July.
(f. 28.)
Mandate to the prior and convent of Winchester to pay due obedience to John chancellor of York and papal chaplain, whom the pope has appointed to the see of Winchester on 10 Kal. July. William abbot of Middleton having been elected by 54 out of 64 votes, 6 voting for prior Andrew, and the matter having been ventilated before the archbishop of Canterbury, it was taken on appeal to the pope, who appointed the bishop of Palestrina to hear it, when the proctor of those who had voted for the prior urged the illegitimacy of the abbot, and that an illegitimate person should be postulated, not elected, and that he was excommunicate, and had not sufficient learning. To this it was opposed that he was dispensed on account of illegitimacy, and had sufficient learning: but this plea was answered by showing that the dispensation was obtained surreptitiously; and after further debate, the abbot's election was cancelled.
Id. Jan.
(f. 34.)
Licence to Master John Mansel, canon of Wells, to hold the benefices which he originally had, and to enjoy their fruits already received, dispensing him from any irregularity caused by his taking part in divine offices while suspended. It appears by his petition that on the death of Sewal, archbishop and formerly dean of York, Otho, cardinal of St. Mary's in Via Lata, caused the canonry and prebend of Fenton, held by the archbishop at the time of his promotion, to be given to Stephen nephew of the bishop of Palestrina, by authority of pope Alexander, and the king, who, by ancient and undisturbed custom, has the right of giving prebends during the voidance of the see of York, gave the said prebend to John Mansel: but the archbishop, by authority of papal letters, cited him, suspended from office and benefice, to appear before the pope: and on his non-appearance, R. cardinal of St. Angelo, whom the pope had appointed auditor, excommunicated him, and he was deprived of all his benefices and indults, and ordered within six months to give up the prebend to Stephen, making satisfaction for fruits received; on hearning which sentence he obeyed it, and obtained absolution from the cardinal and revocation of the processes instituted against him; but, doubting lest by pretext of the suspension, he may suffer some injury, and having obeyed the sentence as soon as he was made aware of it, he prayed the pope to allow him to hold all the benefices he previously held, and to obtain others, and to annul whatever may be further attempted against him on account of the above proceedings.

2 Urban IV.

Id. June.
(f. 93.)
Mandate to the bishops of Dunkeld, Brechin, and Ross to examine the birth and attainments of Master Walter de Baltrodin, canon of Caithness, elected by the dean and chapter to that see, and, on finding him worthy, to examine and ratify his papal dispensation to hold two benefices, and to appoint him bishop, causing due obedience to be paid him by the clergy and people of the diocese, and to consecrate him, receiving his oath of fealty to the pope and the Roman church. If not, some other fit person is to be appointed. [Theiner, 89.]
5 Kal. Aug.
(f. 102d.)
To king Henry and Eadmund his son, in the matter of the kingdom of Sicily. (fn. 1)
5 Kal. Aug.
(f. 104.)
To the king, informing him that the pope is sending the archbishop of Cosenza on business of the Roman church.
8 Kal. Aug.
(f. 107d.)
Mandate to friar John de Cantia, a Friar Minor, papal nuncio in England, to induce the king to pay the annual cess to the pope and the cardinals to certain citizens and merchants of Florence; and, if he continues to neglect to pay it, to put his chapel under an interdict, notwithstanding any papal indult to the contrary.
10 Kal. Sept.
(f. 113d.)
Declaration that all conspiracies against the peace of the king and realm are annulled, and that oaths taken to support them are not binding.
5 Kal. Aug.
(f. 123.)
Inhibition, addressed to the prior and convent of Great Malvern, in accordance with a statute of pope Innocent, forbidding the abbot of Westminster to exact and them to pay a procuration of more than 4 marks on the occasion of his visitation of their priory.
4 Id. July.
(f. 129d.)
Request and exhortation to the archbishops, bishops, and other prelates in England to assist Walter bishop of Worcester, appointed by the pope to preach the cross and collect a subsidy for the Holy Land.


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