Vatican Regesta 406: 1447-1448

Pages 180-184

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 10, 1447-1455. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1915.

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Table of contents

Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCCVI (fn. 1).

De Curia.

1 Nicholas V.

6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 55.)
To John, cardinal priest of St. Balbina's, cardinal of York. Faculty to dispense ten persons, regular and secular, and lay both ecclesiastical persons, regular and secular, and lay persons, so that the confessor of their choice, religious or secular, may commute their vows, even vows of pilgrimage, and even vows of continence and chastity, except only the vow of pilgrimage to the Holy Land (ultramarino), and those of pilgrimage to SS. Peter and Paul's, [Rome,] and St. James, [Compostella]. Cum tu Romanam ecclesiam. (Poggius. Gratis pro persona domini cardinalis. Collationata, F. Lauezius. Jo. de Collis.)
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to grant the office of notary public to ten persons in England, who have completed their twenth-fifth year, even if they be married or be in holy orders, even in the priesthood; with the form of oath to be taken. Cum etc. (Poggius. de Curia. Collationata, F. Lauezius. A. de Magio.) [See below, f. 58d.]
To the same. Faculty to grant to ten persons, nobles, to have a portable altar. Cum etc. (Poggius. | Gratis pro persona domini cardinalis. Collationata, F. Lauezius.L. de Castiliono.)
(f. 56)
To the same. Grant to dispense eight persons in England of illegitimate birth, the sons of an unmarried man and an unmarried woman, even if some be the sons of priests or married [persons] or be in any other wise illegitimately born, to be promoted to all, even holy orders, and hold a benefice with cure, and also those who have been already dispensed by papal authority on account of the said defect to be thus promoted and hold a benefice, to hold two benefices with or without cure, incompatible with one another, even if one of them be a canonry and prebend in a collegiate church, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as they please. Cum etc. (Poggius. | de Curia. Collationata, F. Lauezius. B. de Callio.)
5 Id. June.
(9 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 56.)
To the same. Faculty to dispense eight men and as many women in the above realm to marry, notwithstanding the impediment arising from their being related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred [or affinity], provided that they be nobles and grave persons. Cum etc. (Poggius. | de Curia. Collationata, F. Lauezius. A. Fiocardus.)
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 56d.)
To the same. Faculty to dispense eight persons in the above realm on account of defect of age to be, after completing their twenty-second year, promoted to the priesthood, and, when so promoted, minister in their orders, and to hold a benefice with cure, even if an elective dignity etc. Cum etc. (Poggius. | de Curia. Collationata, F. Lauezius. Jo. de Vulterris.)
Id. June.
(13 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 57.)
To the same. Faculty to grant to twelve persons of either sex in the above realm that they may visit the Lord's Sepulchre and other places and oratories of the Holy Land.Cum etc. (Poggius. | Gratis pro domino cardinali. Collationata, F. Lauezius. G. de Puteo.)
6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 38d.)
To the same. Faculty to grant the office of notary public to ten persons in the above realm who have completed their twenty-fifth year. even if such persons, or some of them, be married or in holy orders, even the priesthood: with the form of oath to be taken. Cum etc. ([Poggius]. | de Curia. [Collationata, F. Lauezius.] A. de Magio.) [See above, f. 55.]
13 Kal. Aug.
(20 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
. (f. 103d.)
To John Puersell, archdeacon of Lismore, bachelor of canon law, collector of the papal camera in the island of Ireland, papal nuncio. Faculty to him, whom the pope has appointed to the said collectorship, to confer the office of notary public on six persons [of those parts] found fit by him after examination, provided that they be not married nor in the priesthood or other holy orders; with the form of oath. Cum te in insula. (Blondus. | Collationata, F. Lauezius. | G. de Puteo. de Curia.)
(f. 104.)
To the same. Faculty to absolve ten persons in those parts, ecclesiastic and secular, who have laid violent hands on ecclesiastic, short of mutilation or death, and have contracted irregularity by taking part in and celebrating divine offices, not in contempt of the Keys; and to rehabilitate such of them as are ecclesiastics, enjoining penance. The names of those absolved are to be noted on the back of these letters.Cum. Curia), as in the preceding.
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to dispense ten persons of those parts on account of any kind of illegitimate birth, to be promoted to all, even holy orders etc., and hold a benefice with or without cure. The names are to be noted, as in the preceding.CumCuria), as ibid.
Ibid. To the same. Faculty to dispense to marry ten men and as many women of those parts, related in the fourth degree of kindred or affinity, provided that they be nobles or grave persons. The names … Curia), as ibid.
5 Kal. Aug.
(28 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 105d.)
To James, bishop of St. Andrews. Renewal of the faculties granted to him by Eugenius IV to proceed by deprivation against adherents in Scotland of the Council of Basel after its transfer to Ferrara, and of the anti-pope Felix V, to absolve and dispense etc. the penitent, and make fresh provision to them etc., as above, p. 1. Tuam nobis et apostolice. ([A. de Florentia.] | Coll. P. Parvijohannis.Jo. de Cremonensibus. de Curia.)
3 Non. Aug.
(3 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 107d.)
To John Pursell', etc., as above, archdeacon of Lismore [bachelor of canon law], collector etc., as above, [papal nuncio]. Faculty (seeing that Eugenius IV granted various faculties to Cornelius, bishop of Emly, to the end that the moneys which should be forthcoming from the said island should be distributed to certain pious uses and the repair of the church of St. Peter, and that the said bishop is said to have received very many sums of money from the said faculties, which he has not restored, and of which he has given no account to the papal camera nor to any other on its behalf) to compel the said bishop, by imprisonment, if necessary, and sequestration of his moveable goods and of the said moneys, to render an account of the said receipts, and, if he cannot do so, to give sufficient sureties for his appearance before the officers (gentibus) of the said camera, etc. Cum felicis recordacionis. (Poggius. | Coll. P. Parvijohannis. G. de Puteo. de Curia.) [See Cal. Papal Lett., vol. VIII, pp. 299, 300.]
8 Id. Nov.
(6 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 222d.)
To the bishop of Dunblane and the archdeacons of Hainaut in Liége and Brechin. Mandate to collate and assign the deanery of Dunkeld, as in the following. Hodie decanatum. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxiiii. … Cousin), as ibid. [In the margin: No(vembris).]
Ibid. To Patrick Yhonge, archdeacon of Whiteherne, M.A.Motu proprio reservation, for collation to him, who is of noble birth and has been sent by James, king of Scots, as ambassador to the pope, of the deanery of Dunkeld, a major dignity with cure. value not exceeding 40l. sterling, to become void by the pope's promotion of John, elect of Dunkeld, to that church, and by his consecration, which is to take place. He is hereby dispensed to hold it for life with his archdeaconry of Whiteherne, a non-major, non-elective dignity with cure, of the same value. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (Pe. de Noxeto. | xxvi. F. de Laude.Ja. de Viterbio. Coll. per me S. Cousin.) [In the margin:No(vembris). 12/3 pp.]
4 Kal. March.
(27 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 268.)
Grant, as follows, for the province of Rouen, at the petition of Henry, king of England, set forth by his orator John, bishop of Coutances:—
(i) As to collations of benefices by way of expectation. Immediately after his accession the pope resolved to observe the ordinance made in the Council of Constance, namely that six months shall belong to [papal] expectants and six months to the ordinaries, with the addition that one of the months of the expectants and a month of the ordinaries shall be reserved to universities, lest students, whose increase the pope very greatly desires, be deprived of the hope of the reward of their studies and abandon them. The months of January, March. July, September and November shall belong to expectants, the other months [April, May, June, October and December] to the ordinaries, those of February (fn. 2) and August being left to the universities.
(ii) As to the mode of making provision. The students in the university of Caen shall draw up their roll and send it to the pope, who will give them letters according to the order given by them, so that the way to litigation shall be closed, and with the nullifying decree (fn. 3), so that none other but they shall be admitted to benefices which become void in the said two months, in virtue of any other provision. The pope will also take care that they shall not be burdened with costs (fn. 4) (iii) As to reservations of benefices At the beginning of his pontificate the pope decreed the reservations hitherto made by his predecessors, undertaking to use such moderation (fn. 5) in future that there shall be no ground for complaint, etc. (e.g. about annates etc.) Ad fut.rei mem. Sedis apostolice prudencia. (Poggius. de Curia. Coll. per me S. Cousin. L. de Castiliono.) [1 3/1 pp. In the margin, in a later hand: Extravagans. For letters of Henry VI to the University of Caen, dated 21 June, 1447, informing them that lie has commissioned the bishop of Coutances to set forth to the pope their requests, and for letters of credence of Nicholas V to the university for the bishop, dated 23 Feb., 1448, see Fournier, Les Statuts et Priviléges des Universités Françaises, tom. III (Paris, 1892), p. 195. Cf. ibid., p. 199.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual description: ‘Nicol. V. de Curia. Liber i. Tom. xxii,’ the like occurring on a flyleaf, in the hand of Giovanni Bissaiga. The flyleaf which follows has the contemporary notes: ‘Liber primus Bullarum de Curia inceptus in primordiis assumptionis sanctissimi in Christo patris et domini, domini Nicolai divina providentia pape vti, Rome, ubi idem dominus noster antea dominus Thomas tituli sancte Susanne presbyter cardinalis Bononiensis nuncupatus, die lunc vita mensis Marcii anno a nativitate domini MCCCCXLVIIo indictione x, per reverendissimos dominos sancte Romane ecclesie cardinales in monasterio beate Marie de Minerva ad summi apostolatus apicem concorditer assumptus est. Et die dominico xviiii dicte mensis Marcii in basilica Lateranensi coronatus.Est autem sciendum quod fere recordationis dominus Eugenius papa iiii dei Jovis xxiii mensis Februarii anni supradicti circa auroram animam deo reddidit, cuius corpus in Vaticano in basilica sancti Petri de Urbe honorifice sepultum fuit. et eius exequie per novem dies dictum diem obitus immediate sequentes solemniter celebrate, vestitis nigro dominis clericis et notarius camere apostolice ac quampluribus aliis Romane curie officialibus, ut patet in quodam mandato registrato libro ultimo bulletarum dicti domini Eugenii.‘The’Rubricelle’ follow, and at the end of them is ‘Finis Rubricellarum.’
  • 2. On f. 223d, immediately after the above letter to Patrick Yhonge, is the following fragment: ‘Nicolaus etc. dilecto filio Patricio Yhong, decano Dunkeldensi, in regno Scotie eiusque civitatibus et diocesibus fructuum reddituum et proventuum camere apostolice debitorum et debendorum collectori et apostolice sedis nuncio, salutem etc. Ex fideli ac solicita et diligenti.’ In the margin is Pe. de Noxeto. It is all cancelled with strokes and without note.
  • 3. Substituted in the margin for ‘January,’ which is cancelled.
  • 4. cum decreto irritante.
  • 5. ne expensis [im]moderatis graventur.
  • 6. modestia.