Vatican Regesta 360: 1440-1446

Pages 238-245

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 8, 1427-1447. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1909.

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

10 Eugenius IV.

Prid. Non. July. (fn. 2)
(f. 17d.)
To James, bishop of St. Andrews. Faculty to him, who was a nephew of the late James, king of Scots, to reserve to his gift (deuocioni, rectius donacioni) for collation to twelve fit persons, secular or regular, one to each, twelve benefices with or without cure, secular or regular, in the gift etc. of the bishop or any others, in his city and diocese, in addition to any other benefices which they already hold or are expecting; with faculty to make collation and provision thereof. Incompatible benefices are to be resigned, except in the case of those who have dispensation. Of names of persons and benefices, and dates of collation, he is to inform the papal camera or the collector or sub-collector in those parts. Personam tuam. (Subscribed at the end:Jo. Synodi.) (fn. 3) [4½ pp.]
(f. 19d.)
To the same. Faculty—the pope having lately transferred the General Council of Basel to Ferrara, under pain of ipso facto excommunication, deprivation, etc.; having in the Council at Ferrara repeated his decree of ipso facto excommunication, etc. against all who, in spite of the said transfer, remained at Basel, at the same time ordering all such to depart within thirty days from the date of the said order; having subsequently, by other letters, declared all adherents of Amedeus, sometime duke of Savoy, who calls himself Felix, to be schismatics, etc., and to have incurred excommunication, anathema, deprivation, etc.; and having learned that a number of subjects of James, king of Scots disregard the aforesaid—to publicly pronounce all such subjects, of whatsoever rank, excommunicated and interdicted, and unable to hold benefices, even with the invocation of the secular arm, and to absolve those of them who wish to return to the pope's obedience, dispense them on account of irregularity, and rehabilitate them; with faculty to make collation afresh of benefices void by such deprivations to the persons thus absolved and rehabilitated, or to other fit persons. Of names and dates, as above, he is to inform the camera or the collectors or sub-collectors in those parts.Personam tuam. (Jo. Sgnodi.) [4½ pp.] [In Raynaldi Annales, an. 1440, § 2, from Lib. 5 (i.e. Reg. CCCLX) p. 19.]
4 Non. March.
(f. 54d.)
To the bishops of Valve-Sulmona, Aberdeen and Caithness (Chathanen.). Mandate to cause to be paid to Andrew de Munroy, archdeacon of Ross, bachelor of canon law, the below mentioned pension. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (F. de Laude.) [Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hibern. et Scot. Hist. Illust., p. 375, No. 748.]
(f. 56.)
To Andrew de Munroy, archdeacon of Ross, bachelor of canon law. Reservation to him (who is the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, in aid of the expense which he has incurred in the prosecution of his postulation by the chapter of the church of Ross, which postulation has been without effect, and of which church the pope has made provision to bishop Thomas de Tulach (fn. 4) ) of a pension of 40l. sterling on the episcopal mensa of Ross, to be paid in the city of Ross by the said bishop Thomas and his successors in two moieties at the feasts of St. John Baptist and Christmas, until he has obtained a benefice compatible with his said archdeaconry and equal in value to the said pension. Litterarum etc. (F. de Laude.)

12 Eugenius IV.

7 Id. May.
(f. 158.)
Plenary remission of sins, valid only during the life of Henry king of England, to all faithful, being penitent and having confessed, who from the first to the second vespers of the Assumption visit the collegiate church of St. Mary, Eton, by Windsor, in the diocese of Lincoln, which the said king has founded and endowed, and give alms for the repelling of the Turks and for the fabric of the said college and the maintenance of its ministers; with grant that fit priests, appointed by the provost, may hear the confessions of the said faithful and enjoin salutary penance, and absolve in all cases except those specially reserved to the apostolic see. A fourth part of the said oblations is to be applied to the said fabric and maintenance, and the other three parts to the repulsion of the said Turks, and especially in aid of the city of Constantinople, the island of Rhodes etc. Univ. Christifid ….. Dum nepharias. (Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape, Jo. Synodi.)
[Bekynton Correspondence, ed. Williams, II, pp. 299–302. Partially printed in Raynaldi Annales, an. 1442, § 13, from Lib. 5 (i.e. Register CCCLX) p. 158 et 159. See below, Reg. CCCLXI, f. 1, and Reg. CCCLXVIII, f. 9.]
7 Id. May.
(f. 159.)
To John, bishop of Bath [and Wells], chancellor of England. Mandate, exemplifying the preceding, with a view to the above shares being faithfully made in accordance with the pope's desire, to cause a box (truncum) to be made in the above church, with two different keys, one to be kept by himself, the other by the papal collector in England, to whom he is to cause the said three parts to be assigned yearly. Exigit nostre solicitudinis. (Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape, Jo. Synodi.) [Bekynton Correspondence, II, pp. 302, 303.See also below, Reg. CCCLXI, f. 2.]
15 Kal. July.
(f. 184d.)
To Master Thomas C[h]ichele, archdeacon of Canterbury, doctor of canon law. Conferring on him the office of apostolic notary. The usual oath of fealty to the pope he is to take to [Thomas] bishop of Norwich, before receiving the insignia of the said office from the said bishop. Pii patris. (Pro Blondo, A. de Spoleto.)
Ead. dat.
(f. 185.)
To Thomas, bishop of Norwich. Mandate to receive from the above Master Thomas C[h]ichele, to save him the trouble of coming to the pope's presence, his oath of fealty, according to the form enclosed, and to grant him the insignia, as in the preceding letter. Cum hodie. (Pro Blondo, A. de Spoleto.)
10 Kal. Aug.
(f. 186d.)
To Henry, king of England. Indult, at his petition, that he may cause to be kept the Blessed Sacrament in his oratory wheresoever he may be, and that the priests and chaplains of the chapels within the royal manors may administer to all servitors and ministers of the said chapels and to other persons of the king's household, all sacraments and sacramentals in the said chapels, without prejudice, however, to parish churches, and may bury at (apud) the said chapels those of them who die in the said manors. Preclara celsitudinis. (Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape. B. Palavicinus.) [The original is one of the unpublished letters of Eugenius IV preserved in the library of Eton College. See Hist. MSS. Com. Report, IX, part i, p. 351.]
[10 Kal. Aug.]
(f. 186d.)
Grant, at the petition of Henry, king of England—who has founded and endowed in the parish church of Eton in the diocese of Lincoln, and in a certain piece of land (quodam fundo) contiguous to the cemetery of the said church on the north side a college for a provost and ten priests and six choristers, to serve the said church at divine offices, and for twentyfive needy scholars and twenty-five weak poor men—to the said provost of the same faculty in regard to the execution of the last wills and testaments of all persons of the said college as the ordinaries of those parts have, and to the senior canon of the like faculty in regard to the last will and testament of the said provost. Ad fut. rei mem. Inter curas. (Subscribed as in the preceding.)
(f. 187.)
To the mayor and aldermen of the city of London. Indult at their petition, for them and each of them and their successors, and their wives, to have a portable altar, on which they may, in presence of themselves and the members of their households, have mass and other divine offices celebrated, even in places under interdict, with closed doors, etc., and, when their business requires it, mass celebrated before daybreak. Sincere devocionis. (Subscribed as in the preceding.)
[10 Kal. Aug.]
(f. 187d.)
To Henry, king of England. Indult at his petition, that the confessor of his choice, secular or regular, may, after hearing his confession, absolve him from anysoever sins etc. and from sentences of excommunication etc., in all cases, even in cases reserved to the apostolic see, and may enjoin on him a salutary penance; with the usual clause, ‘Et ne …. quod absit,’ providing that the present indult shall be of no avail in case of its being abused. Benigno sunt tibi. (Subscribed as in the preceding.)
(f. 188.)
Indult, at the petition of Henry, king of England (who has founded etc. as above, f. 186d.), for the provost of the above college and the fit priests whom he appoints for the purpose, whenever they hear confessions of its ministers etc., to absolve them, being penitent, from all their sins etc., and from sentences of excommunication etc., in all cases except those reserved to the apostolic see, and to do so even once in such reserved cases, enjoining a salutary penance; to dispense those who are ecclesiastics on account of irregularity, and to rehabilitate them; for the said provost to grant to the said ministers etc., being contrite and having confessed, plenary remission, once only, in the hour of death; with the usual clause ‘Et ne quod absit’ against abuse of the present indult, etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Iniunctum nobis. (Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.A. de Magio.) [Bekynton Correspondence, II, pp. 303–306.]
10 Kal. Aug.
(f. 189.)
To the bishop of London, the abbot of Westminster without the walls of London, and the dean of Salisbury. Letters conservatory, at their petition, for the provost and members of the college, founded as above, f. 186d, by Henry VI, king of England and France. Militanti ecclesie. (Subscribed as above, f. 186d.)
(f. 191d.)
Confirmation as below. The recent petition of the Benedictine abbot and convent of St. Mary's, Teukeuburi (sic), in the diocese of Worcester, contained that formerly Henry, archbishop of Canterbury, John, bishop of Bath and Wells, John, bishop of St. Asaph, William, bishop of Salisbury, William, earl of Suffolk (Suffi), Master Adam Moleyns, dean of Salisbury, apostolic notary, and certain others then named, by authority and licence of Henry, king of England, granted the advowson, held from the said king in chief, of the Benedictine alien priory of Godechive (rectius Goldeclive) in the march of Wales, in the diocese of Llandaff, value not exceeding 200l. sterling, to the abbot and convent of the said monastery, value not exceeding 2,000 marks sterling, to the end that the said priory might be appropriated in perpetuity to the said monastery, in whose church is the body of Isabel, countess of Warwick, patroness of the said place, (fn. 5) and that there might be a prior, appointed and removed at the pleasure of the abbot of the said monastery, and two other religious of the said order in priest's orders, who should daily celebrate divine offices for the estate of the said king during life and for his soul after death, and for the souls of the founders of the said priory and of the said countess and of all faithful departed, and should be maintained by the said abbot and convent in accordance with an ordinance to be made by the executors of the will of the said countess; and that subsequently Nicholas, bishop of Llandaff, with consent of the archdeacon and chapter of Llandaff, made the appropriation, ordaining that there should be a prior and two other religious, to celebrate and be maintained, as above; as is contained in divers letters sealed with the seals of the said king, archbishop, bishops, earl and dean and others, which the pope has caused to be inspected in the apostolic chancery and exemplified as below. The pope hereby, at the said petition, confirms the said grant, appropriation and ordinance.
Exemplification is given of the letters Univ. sancte matris …. Ad universitatis vestre notitiam of Nicholas, bishop of Llandaff, dated A.D. 1441[–2], after the computation of the English church, indiction 5, anno 12 Eugenius IV, March 24, in the parish church of Lamebith in the diocese of Winchester, with licence of Henry, cardinal priest of St. Eusebius's, bishop of Winchester, in the presence of Masters William Biconylt, D.C.L., Thomas Kent, I.U.D., John Nanfan, William Chount and Thomas Porthalan, clerks, of the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Canterbury, Exeter, London and Worcester, and other witnesses, relating that it has been set forth to him on behalf of the abbot and convent of St. Mary's, Teukesburi, that Henry, king of England and France and lord of Ireland, has granted licence, notwithstanding the statute of mortmain etc., for Henry, archbishop of Canterbury, John, bishop of Bath and Wells, John, bishop of St. Asaph, and William, bishop of Salisbury, William, earl of Suffolk (Suffi), John Somerseth, clerk, Thomas Beckincthon (also written ‘Bekynton’ in bishop Nicholas's letters), clerk, Richard Andrewe, clerk, Adam Moleyns, clerk, John Hampton, esquire (armiger), James Fenys, esquire, and William Tresseham (also written ‘Sresseham’ in the bishop's letters) to grant the advowson of the above priory of Goldeclyve (also spelt ‘Goldeclive’ in the bishop's letters) to the above abbot and convent of the monastery or house of Teukesburi, in which church is buried the body of Isabel, late countess (fn. 6) of Warwick, patroness of the above place, who was wife of Richard, late earl of Warwick, and for the said abbot and convent to cause the said priory of Glodeclyve (sic) to be appropriated to them as above, maintaining therein a prior and two other religious to serve divine offices as above; and that the said archbishop, bishops and others named above have duly given the said advowson, to the intent that the abbot and convent may cause the appropriation to be made in accordance with the said royal letters, to take effect on the death or resignation etc. of prior John Twenyng. The petition of the said abbot and convent stating that their monastery has been so much impoverished by wars, pestilences etc. that its resources are insufficient, especially for the maintenance (ad exhibitionem) of two of their monks as chaplains bound to celebrate divine offices for the souls of the founders of the said priory and of the said countess, bishop Nicholas, at the petition of the said abbot and convent's proctor, John Abyndonen., with the assent of the archdeacon and chapter of Llandaff and of the prior and convent of Goldeclyve, makes the desired appropriation, as above, reserving by way of compensation yearly pensions of 13s. 4d. to himself and his successors, bishops of Llandaff, and to the said to the said archdeacon of 6s. 8d., to be paid at Michaelmas.
Bishop Nicholas's letters exemplify:
(i) The letters patent of Henry, king of England and France and lord of Ireland, ‘teste me ipso apud Dogmersfeld,’ Dec. 9 anno 20 [1442], stating that the abovenamed archbishop, bishops and others, on the recent voidance of the above priory of Goldeclive, presented John Twenyng, monk of St. Peter's, Gloucester, to the bishop of Llandaff, who instituted him as prior, which he is at present, and that he has granted licence to the above archbishop, bishops and others to grant the advowson to the abbot and convent of the house and church of St. Mary, Teukesbury, in which church is the body of Isabel, late countess of Warwick, (fn. 7) patroness etc. as above, and to the abbot and convent to receive it, and to cause the priory to be appropriated to them, and take possession after the death etc. of the above John Twenyng, with the condition of maintaining a prior and two other religious to celebrate divine offices, etc., as above;
(ii) The joint open letters of the above-named archbishop, bishops and others, sealed with their seals, and dated at Westminster, Thursday, the vigil of the Purification [Feb. 1], anno 20 Hen. VI. [1442], recapitulating the above royal letters patent, and granting the said advowson, in order that the abbot and convent may cause the priory to be appropriated to them as above, with the condition of maintaining a prior and two other religious to celebrate, etc., as above;
(iii) The letters patent, sealed with their common seal and dated in the chapter-house, March 15, 1441 [–2], of abbot William and the convent of Teukesburi setting forth that king Henry has granted [to the above archbishop etc. licence to grant] to them the advowson of the above-named priory, in order that they may cause it to be appropriated to them, and that they, in chapterhouse assembled, appoint their fellow-monk, John Abyndon', cellarer (sallerarium) of the abbey, to act as their proctor before the above bishop Nicholas, archdeacon and chapter, in the matter of obtaining the appropriation of Goldeclyde (sic).
All the above the bishop has caused to be drawn up in the form of a public instrument by Thomas Benegy, notary public, and other notaries public, and the attestation is added of the above notary, Thomas Benegy, (fn. 8) clerk, of the diocese of Exeter, certifying that together with Masters William Bane (? rectius Vance) and William Brian, notaries public, he was present at the bishop's said proceedings and at his request has drawn up the present instrument. The like attestations are added of the above William Vance, clerk, of the diocese of London, (fn. 9) notary public and William Bryan, clerk, of the diocese of York, notary public.
Ad. fut. rei mem. Ex iniuncto nobis. (xxxxx. N. de Cremonen.A. Schonaw. A. de Spoleto.) [18 pp.] [Monasticon, VI, p. 1023, prints the pope's letters of confirmation of the appropriation, but not his exemplification of bishop Nicholas's letters.]

15 Eugenius IV.

1445 [–6].
Kal. Feb.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 316d.)
To William, bishop of Salisbury. Faculty to reserve to his gift, and that of his successors, for this time only, for collation to a fit person of his choice, holding or expecting any compatible benefices of any number and kind, the archdeaconry of Salisbury, a major elective dignity with cure, on its becoming void by the cession or death of Peter, cardinal deacon of New St. Mary's. Exigit tue sincere devocionis. (Gratis pro domino cardinali. E. Pollart.)

16 Eugenius IV.

5 Kal. June.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 328d.)
To John [Kempe, archbishop of York], cardinal priest of St. Balbina's. Mandate as below. The pope has recently learned that upon Thomas, bishop of Bath and Wells, making a visitation of the monastery of St. Mary, Glastonbury, and finding abbot Nicholas and a number of the monks to be delinquent, the said abbot and convent, probably fearing that the bishop would inflict penalties on account of their crimes and excesses, asserting that to the abbot and convent and their archdeacon, under pretext of certain privileges, compositions and lawful prescription (which privileges the abbot and convent allege to have been granted to the abbot and convent by the late John, bishop of Wells, by his ordinary authority, and confirmed by papal authority) belonged all jurisdiction and the exercise thereof, and the right to punish crimes and excesses of both clerks and laymen dwelling within the bounds of the archdeaconry of Glastonbury and of the parish churches and chapels thereof, and prove the wills of the said inhabitants etc., in order to escape the said penalties, appealed to the apostolic see from certain gravamina alleged to have been inflicted on them by the said bishop and by William Fulford and John Bernard, his commissaries; and that they obtained the commission of the cause to Master Malatesta de Captan [eis], a papal chaplain and auditor. Seeing that, as the pope has recently heard, the said abbot Nicholas has alienated goods of the monastery, and has adhered to those congregated at Basel under the name of a general council, and has publicly uttered scandalous and wicked words against the pope, he, at the petition of the said bishop, who asserts that the aforesaid can be better proved in those parts than in the Roman court, calls up to himself the said cause and extinguishes the suit, and hereby orders the above cardinal to summon abbot Nicholas and others concerned, and if he find the above, or enough thereof to be true, to deprive him, proceeding by ecclesiastical censure, invoking the aid of the secular arm, etc. Graue gerimus et molestum. (Without the usual subscription at the end.) [3¾ pp.] [See below, Reg. Vat. CCCLXV, f. 525d. See also the documents of the year 1445 concerning the dispute between bishop Bekynton and abbot Nicholas Frome of Glastonbury, in Williams, Bekynton Correspondence, I, pp. 258–263, and II, pp. 338–340.]
9 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 330.)
To Adam de Montegomere, archdeacon of Dunkeld, M.A. Appointing him, who is a kinsman of James, king of Scots, a member of the pope's household and a papal chamberlain.Dum generis nobilitatem. (Without the usual subscription at the end.)


  • 1. Described on the back as ‘Eug. IV, Tom. I’ and ‘Eugen. IV, Secret. [A.] X ad XV. Lib. [I].’ On a flyleaf, in the hand of Doninus de Prætis, prefect of the Vactican Archives in the first half of the eighteenth century, is: Eugenii IV, Bull. Secretariorum. Anno X ad XVI. Florentie, Rome, Liber Primus. Tom. V. On f. 1 of the text (which is preceded by a number of pages of Rubrice) is a contemporary note: Regis[t]rum Bullarum Florentie incohatum xxiii Aprilis MCCCCXL pontificatus sanctissimi domini nostri domini Eugenii pape IIII anno decimo.
  • 2. The date, as always in the letters of Eugenius IV, mentions the year of the Incarnation: Datum Florencie Anno Incarnationis Dominice Millesimo Quadringentesimo Quadragesimo, Pridie Non. Julii Pontificatus Nostri Anno Decimo.
  • 3. In the following letters, too, the subscription occurs at the end, unless stated otherwise.
  • 4. Sept. 26, 1440. Eubel. Hierarchia, ad ‘Rossen.’
  • 5. ‘In cuius ecclesia est (sic) corpus beate (bte) [memorie] Ysabelle comitisse Warwici ac patrone loci ibidem emanatum (sic) fuerat, perpetuo uniretur …. The Monasticon copy of the pope's confirmation has ‘in cujus ecclesia corpus quondam Isabellæ comitissæ Warwici ac patronæ loci ibidem humatum fuerat, perpetuo uniretur ….’
  • 6. monasterii sive domus de Teukesburi in qua quidem ecclesia corpus Ysabelle nuper comitisse
  • 7. domus et ecclesie beate Marie de Teukesbury in qua quidem ecclesia corpus Ysabelle nuper comitisse
  • 8. The scribe has twice written ‘Kenegy.’
  • 9. Or perhaps Llandaff. The scribe has distinctly written Londonen. or Londouen. dioc. here, but elsewhere he has written Londauen. where Landauen. is meant.