Vatican Regesta 682: 1486-1487

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Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 14, 1484-1492. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1960.

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Calendar Of Selections From Papal Regesta

Vol. XIV.

Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCLXXXII. (fn. 1)

Secretarum Tomus I.
2 Innocent VIII. (fn. 2)
6 Non. March.
(2 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 412r.)
To Henry, king of England, and Elizabeth, daughter of the late Edward IV, king of England. Dispensation, as below. Their recent petition, recently offered to the pope, and read before him and the cardinals in consistory, contained that, in order to end the dissensions which have prevailed between their ancestors of their respective houses or families of Lancaster and York, they desire to contract marriage, and have been entreated by the prelates, nobles, magnates and people of the realm to do so, but, inasmuch as they are related in the fourth and fourth degrees of kindred, and perhaps also in the fourth degree of affinity, they cannot contract such marriage without apostolic dispensation. The pope, therefore, at the petition of the said king Henry and Elizabeth, who is the eldest daughter and undoubted heiress of the late king Edward IV, and of the said prelates, etc., hereby dispenses them, notwithstanding the said impediments, to contract marriage, cause it to be solemnized and celebrated, without banns, as shall please them, even in a time prohibited by the Church, consummate it, if it shall please them, and remain therein, the offspring thereof being hereby pronounced legitimate. Ineffabilis sedentis in trono. (In the margin at the beginning: ’Hie. Balbanus.’ At the end: ‘xx. A. de Urbino pro D. de Muc (ciarellis) R (eferenda)rio. P. de Perreria,’ and in the margin ‘Mar (tii).’) [3 pp. Foedera. Original bull in Public Record Office, Papal Bulls 23 (6). See also below, f. 413v., and Reg. Vat. DCLXXXV, ff. 1r. and 35v., below, pp. 14–27.]
6 Kal. April.
(27 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 413v.)
Confirmation, etc., as below. The pope recently dispensed Henry VII, king of England, and Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Edward IV, king of England, at their petition, to contract marriage, etc., as in the preceding. He now, motu proprio, confirms the said dispensation and the marriage to be contracted in virtue thereof, or already contracted in virtue of any other dispensation obtained from the apostolic see or its penitentiary, or from legates or nuncios, having faculty from the said see for the purpose, (fn. 3) 46, and Foedera. Original bull and duplicate in Public Record Office, Papal Bulls 23 (5 and 1). See also above, f. 412r., and Reg. Vat. DCLXXXV, ff. 1r. and 35v., below, pp. 14–27.] The bull, as in the Hague ed., has Mar. Gratis de mandato domini nostri. Jo. Laurentius pro R. Hie. Balbanus. L. de Marcellinis.
3 Innocent VIII.
11 Kal. Jan.
(22 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 476r.)
To Master John de Giglis, I.U.D., subdeacon and nuncio of the pope and the apostolic see, and collector of the Camera in the realm of England. Faculty for him, whom the pope has recently appointed nuncio and collector of the Camera in the realm of England, (i) to dispense twelve persons in the said realm and island [sic] (fn. 4), after they have reached the twenty-second year of their age, to be promoted to all holy, even priest's orders and minister therein, and hold a benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church, etc.; (ii) to grant indult to twelve persons of either sex, nobles only, to have a portable altar; (iii) to grant indult to twelve persons of either sex to choose their confessor, etc.; (iv) to absolve twenty persons of either sex, ecclesiastical or secular, from all sentences of excommunication, etc., and dispense them on account of irregularity, etc., and rehabilitate them; (v) to grant to twenty persons of either sex, both ecclesiastical, even regular, and secular and lay, that the confessor of their choice may commute any vows, except only those of pilgrimage to the Holy Land and [to the shrines] of the apostles SS. Peter and Paul and St. James in Compostella, religion and continence (fn. 5); (vi) to grant to ten persons to receive for seven years the fruits, etc., of any their benefices, with or without cure, whilst studying letters in an university, etc.; (vii) to dispense fifteen persons, on account of illegitimacy, to be promoted to all holy, even priest's orders, and hold two compatible benefices, with or without cure, and to resign them, etc.; (viii) to dispense twelve men and as many women to contract marriage, notwithstanding that they are related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred and affinity, or in the fourth degree only, or to remain in the marriages which they may have contracted in ignorance of the said impediments, etc.; (ix) to confer the office of notary public on fifteen persons, even if in holy orders or clerks married to one wife, a virgin, if found fit after examination, etc., and to invest them with the said office by pen and ink-pot, (fn. 6) so that they take to him the usual oath of fealty, according to the form enclosed. (fn. 7)Cum nos nuper. (Gratis de mandato sanctissimi domini nostri pape.) [7½ pp. For the faculties granted to the same collector by Sixtus IV, see Cal. Papal Lett., XIII, pp. 197 sqq., especially pp. 200–1.]
4 Non. June.
(2 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 515r.)
To the archbishop of St. Andrews, the bishop of Glasgow, the [bishop] elect of Aberdeen, and the abbot of Holyrood (Sancte Crucis) in the diocese of St. Andrews. Mandate to inform themselves, and to make a report to the pope concerning the life, character, death, and miracles of Margaret, sometime queen of Scots. Ut corda fidelium. (In the margin at the beginning, below Hie. Balbanus, is ‘Breve sub plumbo.’ At the end: ‘P. Tuba.’) [5¼ pp. Raynaldi Annales, an. 1487, §26, from ‘Lib. sign. num. 1909. P (rimus). secr., p. (i.e. fol.) 542’ (corrected in the 1887 ed. to 515); Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., No. DCCCLXXXIII, p. 499, from Reg. Secret. Tom. i, f. 515, i.e. in both cases from the present register.]
12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 532r.)
To James, king of Scots. Grant to him and his successors, and to his and their wives and children, at his petition, that when they repair to places under interdict, masses and other divine offices may be solemnly celebrated in such places, and in places within three miles thereof, even with bells ringing and open doors, without irregularity, etc., being incurred, etc. Furthermore, following in the footsteps of his predecessors, the pope is content (as he has also said verbally to William, archbishop of St. Andrews, and Robert, bishop of Glasgow, sent to him as the king's orators to do the wonted obedience to the apostolic see), when voidances occur of any cathedral churches and of monasteries exceeding in yearly value 200 florins of gold of the Camera, to refrain for at least eight months from making provision thereof, and meanwhile to await the letters and petitions of the said king and his successors. Consueverunt Romani pontifices predecessores nostri. (Gratis de mandato sanctissimi domini nostri pape.) [3 pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume: ‘Innoc. viii. Secret. An. i, ii, iii. Tom i.’ It contains 592 ff. of text + 8 ff. of ‘rubricelle,’ or summaries, at the beginning of the volume. For a list of the surviving ‘Registri Vaticani' of Innocent VIII, with their old and their new numbers, and the number of folios in each, see Sussidi per la Consultazione dellArchivio Vaticano, vol. i (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Studi e Testi, No. 45, 1926).
  • 2. For the date of the coronation of Innocent VIII, viz. 12 Sept. 1484, see footnote to the next following Register. The date in Sussidi, p. 81, viz. 29 Aug., is that of the pope's election. Eubel, Hierarchia Catholica, ii, p. 21. gives both dates.
  • 3. The marriage had in fact taken place on the preceding 18 January.
  • 4. infra dictum regnum et insulam; the same discrepancy as in Cal. Papa Lett., xiii, p. 200, and note.
  • 5. vota quecunque peregrinacionis ultramarino et beatorum Petri et Pauli et Sancti Jacobi in Compostella apostolorum ac religionis et continencie votis dumtaxat exceptis.
  • 6. easque de officio huiusmodi per pennam et calamarium investiendi.
  • 7. viz. ‘Egoab hac hora inantea fidelis et obediens ero beato Petro et sancte Romane ecclesie et domino meo domino Innocencio pape viij et successoribus suis canonice intrantibus,’ etc., ut in forma continetur, usqueSic me deus adiuuet et hec sancta dei evangelia.’