Vatican Regesta 370: 1432-1440

Pages 275-276

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. CCCLXX (fn. 1)

[2 Eugenius IV.]

[1432.] (fn. 2)
June 14.
[St. Peter's, Rome.]
(f. 86d.)
To [John Kempe], archbishop of York. Exhorting him, who was formerly the king's chancellor, to come to the Roman court, as indeed a bishop is bound to do once every two or three years according to distance, the pope wishing to consult him about the reform of the universal church in the coming Council at Bologna, where the pope intends to be present in person. As he has spent a great part of his life in the secular affairs of kings and princes, it is reasonable that he should devote to the service of the church some part of the life which God has reserved to him. The pope thinks that his so doing will not be displeasing to king Henry, seeing that in him the king will have a faithful advocate in the Roman court. ‘Cum ad nostram noticiam ….. Datum etc. xiiii Junii.’

2 Eugenius IV

[1432.] (fn. 3)
July 15.
[St. Peter's, Rome.]
(f. 96d.)
To [John Stafford], bishop [of Bath], chancellor of England. (fn. 4) Exhorting him to protect and favour Francis de Molino, a Venetian, donsel, of the diocese of Castello, whose brother has recently, by means of his sister, contracted affinity with the pope's nephew, F[rancis Condulmarus], cardinal priest of St. Clement's. Francis has lived in England for about ten years, and purposes to be a subject of the king of England and a citizen of London. ‘Dilectus filius nobilis virDatum etc. xv Julii.’

5 Eugenius IV

3 Non. Sept.
(f. 179d.)
To Robert Burton, clerk, of the diocese of Durham, S.T.M. Decree as below.
Martin V dispensed him—who was already S.T.M., and had been dispensed by papal authority, as the son of an unmarried man and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure—to hold any benefices with and without cure, of any number and kind, compatible with one another and with the said benefice with cure, even if canonries and prebends etc. and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased [see Cal. Lett. VII, pp. 42, 43]. At his recent petition (containing that since the said latter dispensation he has obtained divers grants and letters in respect of benefices with or without cure, dispensations to hold incompatible benefices, and divers faculties, and has obtained and holds such benefices and taken the fruits in good faith, and that in the said later grants etc. there is no mention made of his said defect, he thinking that it was not necessary, so that he fears lest the said grants etc. may be held surreptitious and invalid) the pope hereby decrees that he has not incurred disability etc., and that the said grants etc. cannot and shall not be held surreptitious, the pope further decreeing that the said grants etc. shall hold good from the date thereof as if the said mention had been made, and that in future grants etc. he shall not be bound to make such mention. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (A. de Floren.) [See also Cal. Lett. VII, p. 343, and below, p. 285.]

[9 Eugenius IV.]

[1439 (–40.)
10 Kal. March.
Florence.] (fn. 5)
(f. 280.)
To Walter Stewart, canon of Glasgow. Collation and provision of the canonry and prebend of [Cardros in] Glasgow, value not exceeding 20l. sterling, which Laurence Piot has this day resigned to the pope for purpose of exchange for Walter's archdeaconry of Aberdeen, in like manner resigned this day to the pope; whether the said canonry and prebend be void as stated, or by the death of Maurice (Moricius) de Buchanane. Apostolice sedis.
Concurrent mandate (to judges not named) to induct the above Walter, and otherwise execute the preceding. [The letter is without incipit, beginning with the words Mandamus quatenus vos.] [See below, p. 295.]


  • 1. Described on the back as ‘Tom. 11.’ and ‘Eug. IV. Secret. A i ad x. Liber xi.’ On a flyleaf is, in the hand of De Prætis, ‘Eugenii IV. Bullar. Secret. Anno Primo ad x. Liber xi. Tom. xv.’ The letters are in the form of brevia. The volume contains several letters addressed to the pope (eg. ff. 27 sq., 49d, 50d), letters from a monk to a cardinal (ff. 62d, 63), etc.
  • 2. The letter doubtless belongs to the same year as the letter which immediately precedes it in the Register, and which is dated ‘Rome etc. ii. Id. Junii pontificatus nostri anno secundo,’ i.e. 1432. The mention in the letter itself of ‘the coming Council at Bologna’ shows in fact that its date falls between Nov. 12, 1431, when the pope ordered the Council of Basel to re-assemble at Bologna, and Feb 1433, when he revoked his order (see Creighton, Papacy, II., pp. 202, 220); whilst the mention of the archbishop having ceased to be chancellor shows that the letter is later than Feb. 25, 1432. on which day he resigned the great seal (Stubbs, III. p. 114, from Fædera, orig. ed. X, p. 500).
  • 3. The letter which immediately precedes this one in the Register has ‘Datum etc. xi Julii anno secundo,’ i.e. 1432, to which year the present letter to the actual chancellor of England, like the above letter to the ex-chancellor, evidently belongs. John Stafford, bishop of Bath, received the great seal as chancellor on March 4, 1432. (Stubbs, loc cit., Fadera loc. cit, p. 501.)
  • 4. As commonly in the case of a ‘breve’, the address is in the margin of the Register: ‘Episcopo [Bathonien.] Cancellario Regni Anglie,’ to which is added the note: ‘In eodem tenore scriptum fuit H[enrico Beaufort] presbytero Cardinali sancti Eusebii de Anglia.’
  • 5. This letter is undated. The three letters which immediately precede it in the Register belong, however, to the ninth year. The date suggested is that of the letter, below, p. 295, which concerns the same exchange of benefices.