Vatican Regesta 366: 1435-1439

Pages 260-263

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. CCCLXVI (fn. 1)

[5 or 6 Eugenius IV.]

[1435 or 1436.]
Id. March.
(f. 142d.)
To Henry [Beaufort], cardinal priest of St. Eusebius's. Licence (at his petition, which he has for many years often repeated, to be removed by the pope from the see of Winchester, and to resign all right therein into the hands of some prelate without the Roman court, by papal licence) to make the said resignation into the hands of the prior of Christchurch, Canter bury, such resignation to be valid as if made into the hands of the pope himself. Henry is to inform the pope thereof within three months by his letters patent sealed with his seal, in order that the pope may be able to make prompt provision of the said church. ‘Precelsa meritorum insigniaDatum etc. Idibus Martii.’ [The letter is presumably of year 5, like the one which precedes it in the Register, or of year 6, like the letter which follows it next but one. There is no terminal subscription.]

[5 Eugenius IV.]

5 Id. March.
(f. 144d.)
To Thomas Ludelos (sic), rector of Thowestoke in the diocese of Exeter. Dispensation to him (who was lately dispensed by papal authority, as the son of an unmarried nobleman and an unmarried noblewoman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, after which, having been so promoted, he obtained the above church, value not exceeding 40l.) to hold therewith for life any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign both, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. ‘Nobilitas generis, vite etc. …’ ‘Datum [etc.] v Id. Martii.’ [Presumably of the year 5, like the dispensation above, p. 251, although the letter which precedes in the present Register and the letter which follows next but one are both of the year 6. There is no terminal subscription.]

[6 Eugenius IV.]

5 Id. July.
Bologna.] (fn. 2)
(f. 148.)
To Anthony, bishop of Urbino. (fn. 3) legate (cf. Reg. CCCLXXIV, f. 109) of the apostolic see to the realm of Scotland. Faculty to recover from John, bishop of Glasgow, and Walter, abbot of St. Thomas the Martyr's, Aberbrothoc, the 1,000 gold florins of the camera which they, at whose instance the pope has decided to send a legate to Scotland, promised at Bruges in 1435, indiction 13, anno 5, to pay for the expenses of whatsoever legate (cf. ibid) the pope should send, as is contained in a public instrument drawn up by Ivo Tanguidi, of the diocese of Tréguier (Trecoren.) notary public. Cum per alias. (The letter is unfinished and therefore undated. It immediately precedes in the register the next following letter to king James.) [Cf. what is probably the final form of the faculty, below, Reg. CCCLXXIV, f. 109.]

6 Eugenius IV

4 Non. April.
(f. 149.)
To James, king of Scots. Requesting him to hold excused, and to restore to his dignities etc., William Groyser (sic), archdeacon of Teviotdale, for about twelve years a papal acolyte, for having withstood the statutes etc. put forth against ecclesiastical liberty, against whom certain prelates and clerks, notably John, bishop of Glasgow, have roused the anger of the king, who is said to have declared him a traitor and to have sequestrated the fruits of his benefices; with exhortation to annul, and to publish his annulment of, the said statutes etc., which the pope hereby, in so far as is needful, himself annuls. Eterni patris. (3¾ pp. Without the usual subscription.) [Printed in Raynaldi Annales, an. 1436, § 30, from ‘Lib. 11 (i. e. Reg. CCCLXVI) p. 149.’ See the pope's letter to king James, ‘Pro ca authoritate,’ dated at Florence 8 Id. May, 1436, also in behalf of Croyser, in Raynaldi, an. 1436, § 29. See also below, Reg. CCCLXXIV, f. 60.]
12 Kal. Nov.
(f. 185.) (fn. 4)
To William, bishop of Lincoln. Faculty for three years to visit his diocese by deputy, and to receive the procurations. Devocionis tue. (Without the usual subscription.)

9 Eugenius IV

20 Oct.
(f. 340d.) (fn. 5)
To B[artholomew de Zabarellis], archbishop of Spalato, Peter, bishop of Meaux (Melden.), John Franciscus de Capitibus Liste, I.U.D. and knight, and John de Turrecremata, S.T.P. and master of the apostolic palace, the pope's orators. Faculty for them, whom the pope is sending to the realm of France for other arduous business, to treat for truces between the kings of France and England and their kinsmen etc., in the hope of a lasting peace, and to do whatever else they may judge necessary or opportune for the strengthening of such peace. Ad ca que pacem. (Without the usual subscription.) [In Raynaldi Annales, an. 1439, § 39, from ‘Lib. 11 (i. e. Reg. CCCLXVI), p. 340.’ See below, p. 293.]
Id. Oct.
(f. 349.)
To John, earl of Hontyngdon and count of Ivry, admiral of England, Ireland and Aquitaine. Indult that five chaplains, priests or clerks, secular and religious, officiating at divine offices in his chapel or otherwise in his service, may take the fruits of their benefices, saving only the daily distributions, without being bound to reside, and that they may rent, let or grant the said fruits to farm or yearly pension to any persons, even laymen. Merita devocionis.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of London, and the deans of York and Lincoln. Merita dilecti filii.
8 Kal. Nov.
(f. 351.)
To the same and Beatrice his wife. Indult that the confessor of their choice may grant them, being contrite and having confessed, plenary absolution, even in cases reserved to the apostolic see, once in life and once in the hour of death, and may, as often as convenient, hear their confessions and those of the members of their household, grant them absolution, except in cases reserved to the said see, and enjoin penance, with the usual clauses against abuse and about fasting on every Friday or other day for a year, and the commutation of the said fasting into other works of piety; with indult to have a portable altar, on which they may cause mass and other divine offices to be celebrated, even before daybreak, by their own or other priest, who may also administer the sacraments to them and their household; and further indult that the said confessor may commute any their vows into other works of piety. Provenit ex vestre devocionis affectu.
(f. 352d.)
To the above earl. Indult that all his private chaplains may wear at mass and other divine offices vair almuces (armutiis de pellibus varii uti valeant) like the canons of cathedral churches of those parts. Merita devocionis.
8 Aug.
(f. 383d.)
Declaration in the matter of the faculty which the pope lately granted to Anthony, bishop of Urbino, upon sending him as nuncio to Scotland, especially on business concerning ecclesiastical liberty, to reserve to his gift twelve benefices, secular and regular, for collation to as many clerks; with special reference to the causes pending in the Roman court between Robert de Lichtlb (sic), Laurence Piot, Alexander de Thorntan and William de Elfynstan, clerks, of the diocese of Glasgow, about the church of Bonham in Penna, in that diocese, and between James Croyfos (rectius Croyser) and Thomas Peuben, clerks, of the diocese of St. Andrews, about the perpetual vicarage of Ca[l]der in that diocese. Ad fut. rei mem. Circunspecta (sic) et equa.


  • 1. Described on the back as ‘To. 7’ and ‘Eugen. IV. Secret. A. IV. ad X. Liber VII.’ On a flyleaf, in the hand of De Prætis, is: Eugenii IV. Bullar. Secret. Anno IV ad X. Liber Septimus. Tom. XI, after which come damaged Rubrice headed ‘Repertorium’ …
  • 2. i.e. the date of the faculty registered below, Reg. CCCLXXIV, f. 109.
  • 3. In the address ‘Antonio episcopo’ has been substituted for ‘Gaspari archiepiscopo’ and the word ‘Urbinaten.’ has been written over and has almost effaced what was evidently ‘Consan.’ According to Eubel, Hierarchia, Gaspar de Diano, bishop of Teano, was translated to the archiepiscopal see of Conza also in South Italy, 1422, May 20, and thence to Naples, 1438, March 10.
  • 4. On f. 214 is a letter headed ‘Secreta’ beginning ‘Cum proximis diebus venissent Bononiam,’ and ending ‘Datum vii Junii.’ to Sigismund, emperor of the Romans and king of Hungary and Bohemia, intimating that the pope has learned from the bishop of Digne, who came recently to Bologna, that an agreement has been come to as to the choice of a place for the holding of a Council in the matter of the union with the Greeks. This is followed on f. 215 by a letter to Charles, king of the French, registered briefly: Eugenius etc. carissimoregi illustri, salutem. etc. Cum proximis diebus venissent Bononiam, etc., ut supra, usqueCeterum summa cum displicentia,’ and by letters, still more briefly registered: Regibus Anglie et Portugalie, ut supra, usqueCeterum summa,’ i. e as above to the emperor, as far as and exclusive of the portion beginning ‘Ceterum…’ which deals with matters concerning only he kingdom of Hungary. The letter to Sigismund is printed, from ‘Lib. brev. (rectius Lib. 7, tom. 11, i. e. Reg. CCCLXVI). pag. 214,’ in Raynaldi Annales, an. 1437, § 10, where the similar letters to king Henry etc, on f. 215, are mentioned.
  • 5. On f. 341 is a general safe-conduct, dated Florence, Oct. 22 [anno 9, 1439], for the above Peter, bishop of Meaux, and John de Turrecremata, S.T.P. and master of the apostolic palace, who are betaking themselves to France as the pope's orators on arduous business, and for their suite to the number of twenty.