Vatican Regesta 379: 1442-1446

Pages 310-315

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. CCCLXXIX (fn. 1)

De Curia

16 Eugenius IV

Non. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 8.)
To John Bagot, master of the hospital or free chapel of Clothale in the diocese of Lincoln. Collation as below. His recent petition contained that on the voidance of a canonry of the collegiate church of South Malyng, in the diocese of Chichester and of the immediate jurisdiction of Canterbury, and the prebend called the treasurership therein, collation and provision were made thereof [by papal authority] to the late Theoderic de Ondecoep, clerk, an abbreviator of papal letters, who in virtue thereof obtained possession; that after he had held them for some time he was despoiled by John Wraby, who was neither cited nor convicted; and that after Theoderic, who was also a member of the papal court, had died at Tivoli, less than a day's journey from Rome where the pope was residing with his court, the said John continued to detain possession. The said canonry and prebend being void by the death of Theoderic, and having being so long void that their collation has lapsed to the apostolic see, the pope hereby calls up to himself and extinguishes all litigation which was going on about them at the time of the said death, and makes collation thereof, value not exceeding 20 marks of silver, to the above John Bagot; notwithstanding that he holds the free chapel of the hospital of St. Mary Magdalen of (et, rectius de) Clothale in the diocese of Lincoln, without cure and value not exceeding 10l. sterling.Vite etc.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of Chichester, the dean of Wells and the archdeacon of Ely. Vite etc. (Poggius. | xvi.xviii. Ugolinus. W. Gregorii. Collata F. Lauez[ius].Jo. de Collis.)
4 Id. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 13d.)
To Richard Roderham, treasurer of Hereford, (fn. 2) S.T.M. Dispensation to receive any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if parish churches, perpetual vicarages, dignities, etc., and to hold together for life them and the said treasurership, a non-major dignity, even if it be elective and have cure, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and hold instead three other incompatible benefices, provided that not more than two of them be parish churches or perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities. Litterarum etc. (B. Rouerella. Collata per me, P. Parvi Johannis.L. d Castillono [sic]. Gratis de mandato domini nostri pape.)
(f. 20d.)
To William Cook, perpetual vicar of Holbeton in the diocese of Exeter, I.U.B. Dispensation to receive any benefice, even with cure and incompatible, even it be a parish church or a perpetual vicarage or a dignity, etc., and to hold it for life with the said vicarage, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, or with any other benefice with cure which he at present holds, and to resign both, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, and hold instead two other incompatible benefices, even if two parish churches or perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities, notwithstanding the pope's late ordinance to the contrary (see above, p. 273). Litterarum etc. (B. Rouerella. Collata P. Parvi Johannis. L. de Castiliono [sic]. Gratis de m. d. n. p.).
(f. 31d.)
To Robert Stillyngton, rector of Beverston in the diocese of Worcester, D.C.L. Dispensation to receive any benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if another parish church or a perpetual vicarage or a dignity etc., and to hold it for life with the said church, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, and to resign etc. as in the preceding (without the special mention of the above ordinance). Litterarum etc. (Subscribed as in f. 13d, here with the spelling ‘Castilliono.’)
4 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 53.)
To Master John de Obizis, papal chaplain and auditor of causes of the apostolic palace, and Lewis Cardona, canon of Elne, S.T.M., collectors in England and Ireland of the tenth imposed by the pope on the whole world. On 2 Kal. Jan. (fn. 3)anno 12 [1442] the pope … as above, p. 305, as far as the pope, commending the king's good will, orders the above Master John and Lewis to exact and collect, within six months from All Saints day, the said tenth, with the said exemptions.Dudum siquidem videlicet. (At the beginning only, is ‘Blondus.’)
Id. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 69.)
Monition, etc., as below. The pope has recently learned that John Dalabere seu Delabere, dean of Wells, in virtue of letters of the present pope, accepted within the lawful time and had provision made to him of the deanery of Wells, a major dignity, on its voidance by the death of John Forese (sic); that king Henry gave his assent and sent his letters missive to the chapter; (fn. 4) that Henry Werkuith, prior of St. Mary's de Overes in the diocese of Winchester, one of the executors of the pope's said letters, excommunicated for their disobedience to the said letters John Renoldi, subdean, and William Stevens, John Serewayte (rectius Storthwayte), Thomas Buwewuth (rectius Bubbewuth), John Bernardi, Richard Cordon, John Lane, Richard Hore, John Peturton, William Fulford, Stephen Morpath and John Wan[s]ford, canons, and John Combe and John Tregodek, vicars, of the church of Wells; that Michael Carvanell (? rectius Carbonell), clerk, of the diocese of Exeter, by order of the said prior, publicly proclaimed them to be excommunicate, inhibited them from proceeding to the election of a new dean, and would have fixed on the doors of the church the said sentence of excommunication and its publication, together with the pope's said letters; and that the said excommunicated persons, or the greater part of them, not only prevented the publication on the said doors of the said sentence, but threatening the said Michael with death, had him arrested and imprisoned and, in contempt of the said inhibition and of the pope's said letters, elected dean Nicholas Quarent, priest, of the diocese of Bath and Wells, who had himself confirmed by authority of the ordinary, behaved as dean, intruding himself, and, together with the said subdean, etc., prevented the said John Dalabere seu Delabere from giving effect to the said acceptance and provision. The pope, confirming all the proceedings against the said subdean, chapter, etc. and Nicholas, calls up to himself and extinguishes all the suits between the said John and the said Nicholas and chapter, and motu proprio admonishes and orders the said Nicholas to give up possession of the deanery to the said John, making restitution of the fruits received, and the said subdean, etc. to receive John as their dean, within six days from the day of the publication of these presents, under pain of suspension, excommunication, deprivation, interdict, etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Si ad reprimendas. (Blondus. lxxx. Ugolinus. Collata F. Lauez[ius].L. de Costiaris. pro A. de Veneriis f[loreni] v, residuum pro Steccatis.) [4½ pp. See above, p. 308, and the following letter.]

13 Eugenius IV

10 Kal. June.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 88.)
Confirmation etc. as below. On prid. Id. Jan. anno 11 [1442, above, p. 257] the pope, motu proprio, ordered certain executors to make provision to John Delabere seu Dalabere, (fn. 5) canon of Salisbury, bachelor of canon law, of one or two benefices in the gift of the bishops and chapters etc., and the prior and deans respectively, of Winchester, Lincoln and Exeter, even if one were a canonry and prebend in Lincoln, and another were the like in Exeter or a collegiate church, with a major or principal dignity etc. in either Lincoln or Exeter or such collegiate church, or an archidiaconal dignity in Winchester, Lincoln or Exeter, etc. Afterwards, namely on the present day, for the gift of the bishop etc. of Lincoln (rectius Winchester), the pope substituted, motu proprio, and with retrospective effect, the gift of the bishop of Bath and Wells and the dean and chapter etc. of Wells. The pope has, however, learned that some assert that his said former and later letters do not and can not extend to a major dignity, even decanal, of Wells, Lincoln and Exeter, and that for the obtaining of such the said John is not such a person as the statutes of those churches require, and that moreover divers papal privileges etc. of the said church and chapter of Wells stand in the way, so that the said letters granted to the said John, and other papal letters and mandates of provision, containing whatsoever special or general clauses, cannot take effect in that church neither in regard to the deanery nor other dignities, the chapter not being bound to obey such papal mandates, nor to receive or admit any one as their dean. The pope has further learned that some assert that (because in certain letters of Martin V, dispensing the said John to hold for a certain time two incompatible benefices, he was surnamed, not ‘de labere,’ but ‘dalabere’ [see Cal. Lett. VII, pp. 470, 532]) the said letters and later letters, dispensing him to hold incompatible benefices for certain times and for life, and also the said former and later letters of the present pope and their consequences, are null. The pope therefore, with a view to secure the taking effect of the said letters, both of his predecessor and of himself, as well as of the present letters (absolving hereby the said John from any sentences of excommunication etc. which he may have incurred, rehabilitating him so far as rendered necessary by his having used the said letters of dispensation and other letters without their having been corrected in regard to the said surname, dispensing him on account of irregularity, and approving and confirming all the said dispensations and his own said letters and their consequences), declares, motu proprio, that his said first and second letters can extend to a major dignity, even that of dean, in Wells or Lincoln or Exeter, and did and do comprise the same, and that the said dispensations and his own letters, and their consequences, shall be in no wise held surreptitious or null on account of the insertion of the surname ‘de labere’ in the said first dispensation. The pope further grants to the said John that the said dispensations and his own letters shall hold good from the dates thereof, as well as their consequences, that he may continue to hold the incompatible benefices comprised in the said dispensations, and that in virtue of the present pope's said first and second letters, as also of these presents, he may accept a dignity, even decanal and major, in Wells or Lincoln or Exeter, as well as the one or two benefices comprised therein, and that the executors thereof may and shall proceed to execute them, that the chapter of Wells or Lincoln or Exeter shall be bound to admit him to such dignity, even decanal and major, or personatus etc. and that he may receive and retain the same, as if the pope's said first and second letters had been specially made and granted with a view to a decanal and major dignity in the said churches, and as if in the said dispensations and the present pope's said letters John had been surnamed ‘dalabere seu delabere,’ and as if he were such a person as, for obtaining such dignity, even decanal and major, personatus etc., the said statutes of Wells require, and as if the aforesaid papal privileges etc. of the church and chapter of Wells had not emanated, which statutes and privileges etc. the pope hereby specially derogates from in so far as they militate against the said John in respect of the aforesaid grants. Ad fut. rei mem.Sedis apostolice providencia. (Blondus. C., Ugolinus. Coll[ata] F. Lauez[ius.], A. de Magio. pro G. Trapesuntio f[loreni] vi, pro Multedo f[loreni] ii, residuum pro Step[han]o.) [3 pp.See the preceding letter.]

12 Eugenius IV

6 Kal. Nov.
(f. 150.)
To the bishops of Segorbe (Segobricen.) and Moray, and the treasurer of Brechin. Mandate as below. The petition of James Innes, dean of Ross, contained that formerly John, bishop of Moray, carried out the exchange desired by the said James and William Goldsmyith of their respective benefices, namely a canonry and prebend of Moray, and the treasurership of the same, and that in virtue thereof James is in possession of the said treasurership; and adding that at the time of the said exchange he was, by papal authority, under a sentence of excommunication for non-payment of certain moneys in the Roman court, and had been publicly proclaimed excommunicate, and that the said bishop's collation and provision do not hold good. The pope therefore, absolving the said James, who is of noble race, from the said and from any other sentences of excommunication etc., dispensing him on account of irregularity, and rehabilitating him, orders the above three to collate and assign to him the said treasurership, a non-major dignity with cure, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, howsoever void; notwithstanding that he holds the deanery of Ross, a major elective dignity with cure, value [also] not exceeding 30l. sterling, and that the pope lately dispensed him to hold for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased, provided that they were not two parish churches or perpetual vicarages. Nobilitas generis, litterarum sciencia (sic), (fn. 6)vite etc. (Blondus. | xxviii. Jo. de Collis, Collata P. Parvijohannis. A. Trapezuntius.) [3¼ pp.]


  • 1. Described on the back as ‘To. 20’ and ‘Eug. IV. de Cur. An. xvi. Li. xix.’ On a flyleaf is the contemporary description ‘Liber decimus s. d. n. Eugenii pape iiii. de curia inceptus prima die mensis Octobris anni domini mccccxlvi indictione nona pontificatus eiusdem domini nostri pape anno sextodecimo.’ under which is, in the hand of De Prætis, ‘Anno xvi. Lib. xx. Tom xxiv.’ On the next folio begin the rubrice, headed in a contemporary hand ‘Rubricelle decimi libri de curia domini Eugenii iiii.’
  • 2. Cf. Le Neve—Hardy, Fasti, I. p. 489.
  • 3. For this date see the note above, p. 305.
  • 4. For a letter of Henry VI to bishop Bekynton, dated March 29 [1446], requesting him to give the deanery of Wells, void by the death of J. Forest, to John Delabere, his Great Almoner, see Monro, Letters of Queen Margaret of Anjou and Bishop Beckington, etc. (Camden Society, No. LXXXVI, 1863), p 57.
  • 5. The words ‘seu Dalabere’ are added in the margin by F. [Lauez(ius)], by whom several other slight corrections are made.
  • 6. No academic degree is mentioned.