Lateran Regesta 47
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'Lateran Regesta 47: 1397', Calendar of Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 5: 1398-1404 (1904), pp. 65-77. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=104102 Date accessed: 01 November 2014.


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Lateran Regesta, Vol. XLVII.

De Diversis Formis.

1397.
2 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 1.)
To John Sonyngdon, rector of Floxcote, in the diocese of Wells. Dispensation to hold for life one other benefice with cure of souls, even if a perpetual vicarage or a parish church, or an elective dignity, major or principal and united respectively, personatus or office, with or without cure, in a metropolitan or cathedral or collegiate church, and to exchange both as often as he pleases for two similar or dissimilar incompatible benefices. The value of Floxcote does not exceed 20 marks.Vite ac morum. (De ma dato.)
Ibid.
(f. 1d.)
To Nicholas Thurmund, rector of Felgham, in the diocese of Chichester. The like. The value of Felgham does not exceed 58 marks. Vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
3 Non. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 4d.)
To the archbishop of York, and the bishop of Chichester. Mandate to assign to Thomas, archbishop of Dublin, the pallium sent by Anthony de Maninis at the request made by the archbishop's proctor Walter Cook, canon of Lincoln. They are to receive the archbishop's oath of fealty and send it by his sealed letters patent to the pope. Cum palleum insigne. [See f. 155.]
2 Non. Sept.
S. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 26.)
To John Lovell, nobleman, lord of Lovell and Holland, and Matilda his wife, noble woman, of the diocese of Salisbury. Indult to them, their heirs and successors, to have in their castles, manors and wherever else they may happen to dwell, chapels and baptismal fonts, where fit priests and ministers of their choice may celebrate masses and other divine offices, even solemnly and alta voce, administer ecclesiastical sacraments to them, their children and household (familiaribus domesticis et continuis commensalibus), and baptise their children. Sincere derocionis.
2 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 26.)
To Henry de Reddeforde, knight, nobleman, of the diocese of Lincoln. The like. Sincere devocionis.
9 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 27.)
To John Botelisham, priest, of the diocese of Ely. Absolution from the sentence of excommunication, deprivation of his benefices, and inability to hold any others; dispensation on account of consequent irregularity, if any, contracted by him, and rehabilitation, in the matter of the archdeaconry of Leicester, provision of which was made by the pope to Poncellus, cardinal priest of St. Clement's, since deceased, whose possession thereof John hindered. In the suit which arose Nicholas, bishop of Ferentino, then papal chaplain and auditor, pronounced, under papal commission, the above sentence, from which, John having, as his recent petition contained, made an amicable concord with the cardinal's heirs and executors, is now absolved. Sedes apostolica.
5 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 28.)
To William Stukeland, rector of Horncastre, in the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to hold for life two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if one be a perpetual vicarage, etc., verbatim as above, f. 1. The value of Horncastre does not exceed 160 marks. Vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
8 Id. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 29.)
To Baldwin Berford, knight, nobleman, and Elizabeth his wife, noble woman, of the diocese of Lincoln. Indult to them, their heirs and successors, to have mass and other divine offices celebrated, even solemnly and alta voce, by any fit priest, in the chapel which has been founded in their manor of Bryghtweel, and to have the sacraments administered to them and their household. Sincere devocionis.
2 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 29.)
Relaxation of three years and three quadragene of enjoined penance to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year and those of St. Helen and the dedication, the octaves of certain of them, and the six days of Whitsun week; and of a hundred days to those who during the said octaves and six days, visit and give alms for the repair and conservation of the church of St. Helen, Askeby by Perteney, in the diocese of Lincoln. Univ. Christifid … Licet is.
Ibid.
(f. 30.)
To Thomas Blount, son of Walter Blount, knight, clerk, of the diocese of Lichfield. Dispensation to hold, after having attained his fourteenth year, any benefice with cure of souls, even if it be an elective dignity, major after the pontifical in a metro- politan or cathedral, or principal and united in a collegiate church, personatus, administration or office, with or without cure, a parish church or a perpetual vicarage, and to exchange it as often as he pleases for a similar or dissimilar benefice. Nobilitas generis, vite ac morum.
Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 30d.)
To the Augustinian abbot of Thornton, in the diocese of Lincoln. Indult to him and his successors to bless unblessed chalices, patens, vestments, and other church ornaments belonging to the monastery and its dependent, united or subject priories, cells, churches, etc. Sincere devocionis.
7 Id. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 38d.)
To Richard, king of England. Indult that his chaplains and other clerks and priests of his household, of whatever state, order or condition, may, no matter where they be beneficed, read the canonical hours according to the use (more) of the Friars Preachers, that being the one which the king reads daily; provided that when they are present at the canonical hours in their own churches they observe the custom thereof. Sincere devocionis.
10 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 39d.)
To Richard Hildegar, scholar, of the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to him—who was formerly ordered to be dispensed on account of illegitimacy, as the son of an unmarried man and a married woman, to be ordained priest and hold a benefice even with cure—to hold any mutually compatible benefices of any number and kind, secular and regular, with and without cure, even if canonries and prebends and elective dignities, principal in collegiate churches, personatus and offices, with and without cure, in metropolitan, cathedral or collegiate churches, and to exchange them as often as he pleases for similar or dissimilar mutually compatible benefices. His illegitimacy need not be mentioned in future graces. Vite ac morum.
Ibid.
(f. 42d.)
To John Hyldyardy, warden (custodi) of the hospital of Aluerton in the diocese of York. Confirmation of his appointment for life as master and procurator of the same by Walter, bishop of Durham, who committed to him its spiritual and temporal administration. Exemplification is given of the bishop's letters—Provida circumspectio, dated at his manor of Weelhalle in the diocese of York, 1396, indiction 4, the 7th year of Boniface IX, June 17th, in the presence as witnesses of Master Richard Holm, canon of York, William de Wyke, prebendary or portionary of Norton, and John Streth, donsel, literate, of the dioceses of Durham and Worcester, and drawn up and attested by Robert Blundell, chaplain, of Chichester, public notary, as the bishop's scribe. They state that the appointment, which was first made to John in accordance with the requirement of common law (juris communis) and the form of the foundation, is now made to him for life in consideration of the heavy expense with which he has raised the hospital from its ruin and desolation; and provide that the hospital shall not, on account of the life appointment, be considered an ecclesiastical benefice, and shall, upon his resignation or death, remain as of old under common law (juris communis). Justis et honestis.
1396.
6 Kal. Dec.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 47.)
To Nicholas Rysheton, canon of Lincoln, licentiate of canon law. Dispensation and absolution from the oath which he took at Bologna, where he received the degree of licentiate in canon law, that he would not receive the degree of doctor elsewhere; with indult to receive the same at any university, his lack of means making it not convenient for him to receive it at Bologna. Sincere derocionis.
1397.
3 Id. Jan.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 51.)
To John Thorp, rector of Wynterton in the diocese of Norwich, licentiate of civil law. Dispensation to hold also the church of Erpingham, value not exceeding 40 marks, which he has lately obtained, and has held together with Wynterton, value not exceeding 80, for less than 24 days; and to exchange them as often as he pleases for two similiar or dissimilar incompatible benefices, even if elective dignities with cure in cathedrals. Litterarum sciencia, vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
2 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 52.)
To Roger, son of Philip baron of the barony of Darcy, clerk, of the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation as above to Thomas Blount, f. 30. Nobilitas generis, vite ac morum.
Ibid. To William Stormy, knight, of the diocese of Salisbury. Indult to him, his heirs and successors, as above to John Lovell, f. 26. Sincere derocionis.
Ibid.
(f 54.)
Relaxation of three years and three quadragene of enjoined penance to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year, and that of the dedication, etc. as above, f. 29, for the repair and conservation of the church of the monastery of Benedictine nuns, Goukwell, in the diocese of Lincoln. Univ. Christifid.… Licet is.
Ibid.
(f. 55.)
To Thomas Wiscotes, clerk, of the diocese of Worcester. Dispensation to him, being in his eighteenth year, to hold a benefice with cure of souls, even an elective dignity, major or principal respectively, personatus or office with cure in a metropolitan, cathedral or collegiate church, and to exchange it as often as he pleases for a similar or dissimilar benefice. Vite ac morum.
Ibid.
(f. 56.)
To Richard Bryan of Cornewayle, clerk, of the diocese of Hereford. The like, he being in his fifteenth year. Vite ac morum.
Ibid.
(f. 57.)
Relaxation of three years and three quadragene etc. to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year and those of Holy Trinity and the dedication, etc. as above, f. 29, for the repair and conservation of the church of Holy Trinity of the Gilbertine priory of Neustede on Ancoln, in the diocese of Lincoln. Univ. Christifid. … Licet is.
Id. Aug.
St Peter's, Rome.
(f. 59.)
To John Godme[r]ston, treasurer of London. Dispensation to hold for life, together with his treasurership, which is a dignity with cure, and with any other benefices and offices compatible with the said treasurership and such benefice, canonries and prebends, present and future, of any number and kind, one other incompatible benefice, even a parish church or perpetual vicarage, or an elective dignity, major or principal respectively, personatus or office with or without cure in a metropolitan cathedral or collegiate church, and to exchange such benefice and his treasurership as often as seems good to him for two similiar or dissimilar incompatible benefices. Vite ac morum. Cancelled with strokes, and in margin: Cancellata quia alibi propter sui nimiam correctionem inferius registrata est, N. de Ben[even]to. [See f. 95.]
6 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 65.)
To John Welle, rector of Estyndon, in the diocese of Worcester. Dispensation as above to John Sonyngdon, f. 1. The value of Estyndon does not exceed 50 marks. Vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
4 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 66.)
Relaxation of three years and three quadragene etc. to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year, and those of St. John Baptist and the dedication, etc., as above, f. 29, for the conservation of the church of the hospital of St. John Baptist in the town (villa) of Betsford, in the diocese of Lincoln. The pope wills that all oblations and other emoluments thence arising shall be wholly converted to its conservation and fabric and to the repair of its ornaments. Univ. Christifid. Licet is.
17 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 84d.)
To Thomas de Somercotes, rector of All Saints, Wainflete. Rehabilitation on account of irregularity contracted by his having formerly (olim), when he had the first tonsure only, and whilst he was amusing himself after the custom of his country along with certain others both cleric and lay at the butts (metas publicas), accidentally struck under the eye, not with an arrow but with a bolt (non quidem cum sagitta sed cum peculio [i.e. petilio] sagittando percusisti), a boy who was standing too near; the boy losing the sight of that eye about six weeks afterwards, either from the blow or from lack of skill of the doctor. He has, moreover, dispensation to minister in the orders he has taken, and to retain his church. Humilibus supplicum.
8 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 88.)
To Thomas de Weston, master of the hospital of Gretham in the diocese of Durham. Confirmation of his appointment for life as master or warden of the said hospital made by bishop Walter, who committed to him its spiritual and temporal administration; notwithstanding that a cause is pending about it in the apostolic palace between him and Master Thomas de Walkington, papal chaplain and auditor. Exemplification is given of the bishop's letters, which, addressed to Master Thomas, with the title of licenciate of civil law, (and with variants Werhalle and Wrke), are dated, witnessed, drawn up and attested as above, f. 42d, state verbatim the same circumstances, and add that he acts in virtue of the power [see f. 118, at the end] reserved by bishop Robert, the founder, to his successors to correct and modify the ordinance of the hospital. Justis et honestis.
7 Id. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 91.)
To the bishops of Tuy, Dax, and Hereford (substituted in the margin for the bishops of Lichfield and Hereford and the abbot of Osney). Confirmation of the sentences delivered by the papal auditors, named below, with mandate to execute them, placing in possession Lewis Biford, son of John Suw, rector of Chesterton in the diocese of Lincoln, or his proctor, and removing John Bremor, clerk, of the diocese of Salisbury; and causing due satisfaction to be made to Biford for fruits and costs. The present letters are to be executed against other intruders as though the sentences had been delivered against them. Faculty is given to publish citations against Bremor and others by public edicts, if necessary.
The petition of Biford contained that he had provision of Chesterton by papal authority on its voidance by the death of Robert Belage, but that Bremor, asserting that it belonged to him, prevented the provision from taking effect. The cause was, at the instance of Biford, committed by the pope—the parties being in the Roman court—to Master Herman de Biluelt, papal chaplain and auditor, before whom appeared Master John Scrivani, Biford's proctor, and Bremor, the latter of whom being afterwards cited, was on his non-appearance declared contumacious, sentence being given in favour of Biford, and Bremor condemned in costs, from which sentence he appealed to the pope. The appeal was committed by the pope to John, [bishop] elect of Lubeck, then papal chaplain and auditor, before whom appeared Scrivani and Master Arnold de Meghen, as proctors, and who confirmed Biluelt's sentence and again condemned Bremor in costs, from which Bremor again appealed. The fresh appeal was committed to Master Nicholas de Borrellis, papal chaplain and auditor, before whom appeared the same proctors, and who confirmed the sentence of auditor John and again condemned Bremor in costs and in fruits received. The costs of the three causes were subsequently taxed by Master John de Dulmen, papal chaplain and auditor, at 55, 51, and 20 gold florins of the camera respectively. Biford, as the said petition adds, doubts whether others have not intruded or may not intrude themselves into the said church. Exhibita nobis.
Id. Aug.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 95.)
To John Godmerston, chancellor of London. Dispensation, verbatim as above, f. 59, except that chancellorship (which is described as a dignity with cure, not major after the pontifical) is substituted for treasureship. Vite ac morum.
17 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 104d.)
Relaxation during ten years of three and three quadragene etc. to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year and that of the dedication, etc., as above, f. 29, for the conservation of the church of Holy Trinity, Fythderd, in the diocese of Cashel. Univ. [Christifid.] … Licet is.
1397.
2 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 113.)
Relaxation of three years and three quadragene etc. to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year and those of St. Mary Magdalen and the dedication, etc. as above, f. 29, for the repair and conservation of the church of St. Mary Magdalen, of the monastery of nuns, Wynteneye Herteley, in the diocese of Winchester. Unir. Christifid. … Licet is.
8 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 118.)
Confirmation on the petition of the master, priests and clerks of the hospital of Gretham of its foundation, endowment and ordinances made by Robert, bishop of Durham. Exemplification is given of bishop Robert's letters—Unir. sancte matris.… Jugiter meditantes, which are dated at Durham 23 January 1272[-3], the twelfth year of his episcopate. They consist of statutes and ordinances for the said hospital which he has founded and endowed, and to which he has given the manor of Gretham, together with the advowson of the church. There shall be a master and priest, namely, Andrew de Stanele or Stonele, priest, master and warden, and five other priests, two clerks of honest conversation and competent learning (literature) and forty poor of the bishop's manors. The master, priests and clerks shall sing matins and the other canonical hours in the chapel, and Placebo and Dirige for the souls of the faithful, and each priest shall say mass. They are to eat at one table, and sleep (jaceant) in one house. They shall receive from the master an annual money stipend besides their board (una cum mensa honorabili). The master is to be appointed by the bishop, and during the voidance of the see by the prior of Durham. The other priests and clerks if unfit are to be removed by the master and others appointed. If the master has to be replaced, on account of debility, after ruling well, he is to be maintained for life out of the goods of the hospital. No one is to be appointed master unless he be a priest of knowledge and prudence in spirituals and temporals, and he shall reside in person. He and the priests are to wear at divine offices surplice and black cloak like Augustinian canons. The poor are to have a fit dwelling in which to eat together and sleep (comedant et quiescant); and if any one of them be disorderly (inhonestus) or intolerable, another is to be put in his place. They are to say prayers in place of the day and night hours, according to the ordinance of Schirbo[r]n hospital, and one of the more prudent, appointed by the master, is to act as a sort of prior for them (quasi loco prioris) and lead (pronunciet) the prayers, as is the custom in such like places. Those who are able are to attend chapel for the hours and mass, and the rest are to say the prayers as best they can (sicut poterunt) in bed, and in order that they may know when the hours [said in chapel] begin (ut sciatur horarum distinctio), a bell shall be rung at each hour. If the goods of the hospital allow, the number of poor is to be increased, and if the contrary, to be diminished. The hospital shall be visited at least twice a year by the bishop or his deputy. The master may not alienate anything, manumit villeins or serfs, give or sell from the garden, or waste, without the bishop's special licence. Full power is reserved to bishop Robert and his successors to correct, modify and declare the present ordinance. Ad fut. rei mem. Justis et honestis. [See f. 88].
1397.
Kal. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 121d.)
To Guy, elect of St. David's. Faculty to him, to whom the pope has made provision of that see, to be consecrated by any catholic bishop of his choice in communion with the apostolic see, assisted by two or three others, who is afterwards to receive from him the usual oath of fealty and send it by Guy's sealed letters patent to the pope; without prejudice to the archbishop of Canterbury, as metropolitan. Cum nos pridem.
2 Id. Aug.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 124d.)
To the bishop of Norwich. Mandate, if the facts be as stated, to dispense William de Tenderyng, knight, nobleman, and Catherine Mylde, of Posylyngfotrhe, damsel, noble woman, to remain in the marriage which they contracted after three-fold banns in ignorance that they were related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred, and to declare their past and future offspring legitimate. Oblate nobis.
4 Id. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 132.)
Relaxation during ten years of three years and three quadragene etc. to penitents who on the principal feasts of the year, and that of the dedication, etc., as above, f. 29, visit the church of the Augustinian monastery of St. Denys by Southampton. Univ. Christifid. … Splendor paterne.
2 Id. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 133.)
The like to those who on the same feasts visit and give alms for the fabric or conservation of the church of All Hallows, Bredstrete, London. Univ. etc. Splendor etc.
Kal. Sept.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 133d.)
To John Derlyngton, archdeacon of Norwich. Indult for five years to visit his archdeaconry by deputy, and to receive procurations in ready money to the daily amount of 30 silver [gros] Tournois, 12 to the gold florin of Florence. Devocionis tue sinceritas.
Concurrent mandate to the bishop of London, the abbot of Westminster, and the official of London. [Decoeionis] sinceritas quam.
12 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 142.)
Indult that the English merchants in Bruges—in favour of whom the pope lately decreed [see Reg. Lat. xii. f. 152]—that they might choose an English priest, secular or religious, to celebrate mass and other divine offices in the chapel which they had founded there, and to whom the pope subsequently granted that, in case of the said town or Flanders being laid under a total or a partial interdict, they, provided that they were not the cause thereof, might have the said celebration, with doors closed and summissa roce—may while the Schism lasts have divine offices celebrated with open doors, the inhabitants not permitting their celebration with closed doors. Ad fut. rei mem. Piis votis.
8 Id. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 150.)
To John de Vaynbrig (Bainbridge), rector of Haukyswel in the diocese of York. Extension of dispensation on account of illegitimacy—to be ordained and hold a benefice even with cure —so that he may hold any mutually compatible benefices of any number and kind, with or without cure, even if canonries and prebends, or elective dignities with cure, major or principal respectively, personatus or offices, in metropolitan, cathedral or collegiate churches, and exchange them as often as he pleases for similar or dissimilar compatible benefices. His illegitimacy need not be mentioned in future graces. Vite ac morum.
7 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 155.)
Indult allowing Henry earl of Derby, eldest son and heir of John duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster, his heirs and successors, and their wives, to have in their castles, manors, and wherever else they may happen to dwell, chapels and baptismal fonts, where a dean and six chaplains, deputed by the earl and his heirs and successors, may wear amices of vair or grey (almuciis de rario sen griseo … uti), celebrate masses and other divine offices even solemnly and alta voce, administer ecclesiastical sacraments to them, their wives, children and household, and baptize their children. Ad perp. rci mem. Sincere derocionis.
3 Non. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 155.)
To Thomas, archbishop of Dublin. Sending him by Anthony de Maninis, clerk, of Florence, to be assigned to him by the archbishop of York and the bishop of Chichester, who are to receive his oath of fealty, the pallium, which he has requested by his proctor Walter Cook, canon of Lincoln. Cum palleum insigne. [See f. 4d.]
6 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 158d.)
To Edmund Wolfe, dean of St. Mary's, Astley, in the diocese of Lichfield. Dispensation to hold for life one other benefice, as above, f. 1. The value of the deanery, which is a major elective dignity with cure, does not exceed 20l. Vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
Ibid.
(f. 159.)
To Richard Kyngeston, archdeacon of Hereford. The like. The value of his archdeaconry, an elective dignity with cure, not major, and canonry and prebend of Dolynghop (sic) in Hereford, does not exceed 110 marks. Vite ac morum. (De mandato.)
13 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 160.)
Appropriation to the master and priests of the college called a chantry in the parish church, said to be appropriated to the said college, of Thomiston in the diocese of Norwich, of the parish church of Schropham, to which the chapel of St. Andrew is annexed and which is of their patronage, value not exceeding 50 marks, that of the college not exceeding 80; a perpetual vicar's portion is to be reserved. Ad perp. rei mem. Sedis apostolice.

De Regularibus.

16 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 181.)
Confirmation of the appropriation made by John bishop of Lincoln to the Premonstratensian abbot and convent of Lavenden in the diocese of Lincoln, of the parish church of Eston near Boszat[e] in the same diocese, of their patronage, whose value does not exceed 25 marks, that of the monastery not exceeding 200. Exemplification is given of the bishop's letters—Pastoralem nostri, which are dated in the chapter house of Lincoln 26th Sept. 1391, the 29th year of his consecration, and to which is appended the ratification by the dean and chapter given in the same place on the 28th Sept. They state that the monastery is situate hard by the common street and the high way; that its revenues have been diminished by pestilences and epidemics, the barrenness of their lands, the scarcity of husbandmen (coloni), the fewness of servants and their immoderate wages; that the abbot and convent are oppressed by the unwonted exactions imposed on ecclesiastics, especially religious, by debt, hospitality and the sustentation of poor, weak and infirm; value Boszate as not exceeding 20 marks; provide for the payment to the bishop in his palace by the abbot and convent of a yearly pension of 6s. 8d. on the nativity of St. John Baptist, or, in the event of the voidance of the see, to the dean and chapter, without prejudice to the archdeacon of Northampton; and grant that the abbot and convent may have the cure of the said church, which is not two miles distant, served by a removeable stipendiary secular priest as vicar. Ad fut. rei mem. Exigit honestas. [5½ pp.]
2 Non. Sept.
St. Peter's Rome.
(f. 196.)
Appropriation to the Augustinian abbot and convent of St. Mary's, Thorneton, in the diocese of Lincoln, in consideration of the burden of hospitality and other burdens, of the anciently endowed and founded perpetual vicarage, whose value does not exceed 15 marks and that of the monastery 2000, of the parish church of Thorneton, which church is appropriated to them, and confirmed to them by papal authority. Upon the resignation or death of the present vicar they may take possession of the vicarage and cause it to be served by one of their canons, being a priest, or other fit secular priest appointed by the abbot. Ad perp. rei mem. Sacre religionis.
15 Kal. Aug.
St. Peter's Rome.
(f. 197.)
To the Augustinian prior and convent of St. Mary's, Monahincha (de Insula Virentium), in the diocese of Killaloe. Exempting them —whose priory, on account of the evil disposition of those parts is so weighed down by poverty that they cannot pay the episcopal rights and their other burdens, and that their eight canons are obliged to go forth and seek their necessaries through the courts of temporal princes to the diminution of divine worship therein—and their chapel of Thom for thirty years from all servitude, burden, jurisdiction and right of the bishop of Killaloe and any other superior, and from the payment of any episcopal dues, and exaction by anyone soever, taking them under the special and immediate protection of the apostolic see. Sedis apostolice. (De mandato.)
15 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 199.)
To the archbishop of Armagh, the bishop of Clonmacnoise (Clunen.) and the abbot of St. Thomas the Martyr without the walls, Dublin. Mandate to confirm the transmutation of the church named below, and to revoke the commission given by the pope to certain judges to enquire into and to report upon the statements contained in a petition lately made by king Richard. The king set forth that although the bishopric of Meath had a certain defined diocese with two archdeaconries having cure of souls, it had no cathedral church, canons or chapter; added that the church of the said monastery was fit to be erected into the cathedral church; and petitioned that the name of the monastery might be extinguished, and its church erected into the cathedral church with the title of the church of Meath; that there might be instituted therein twelve canonries and as many prebends for twelve secular persons, and four other dignities with cure (besides the said two archdeaconries), namely those of dean, as a major elective dignity, precentor, chancellor, and treasurer, likewise to be assigned to secular persons only, which sixteen persons should, together with the archdeacons, form the chapter; that sixteen parish churches of the patronage of the said church of Meath might be united and appropriated, namely, one to each of the said twelve prebends, which should be named thereafter, and one to each of the said four dignities; that the goods of the bishop might be separated from those of the capitular mensa; that no more canons regular might be admitted, and that their goods, moveable and immoveable, rights, jurisdictions, lands, and possessions might, after the death or translation to other monasteries of the prior and canons, remain to the capitular mensa; and that the said twelve canons and the said dean and other dignitaries might have the election of the bishop. The pope thereupon issued the above commission of enquiry, since when the recent petition of the prior and convent contained that of old (ab olim) in Clonard, in the same diocese, there had been a cathedral church, and that John, sometime cardinal priest of St. Stephen's on the Cœlian, then papal legate in those parts, had transmuted it thence to the place then called Novimidia by Trym, now called in Latin ‘Novavilla,’ or vulgarly Newton by Trym; that at length (demum) Simon, sometime bishop of Meath, with the assent of Eugene, sometime archbishop of Armagh, and of all the clergy of the diocese, instituted there an Augustinian prior and canons, assigning for its construction and for their sustentation mills and other goods then belonging to the episcopal mensa, as is said to be more fully contained in [his] letters patent. At the petition of the prior and convent the pope hereby orders the above three executors, if they find the facts to be as stated, to confirm the said transmutation and endowment, to revoke and annul the said commission, and to inhibit the said judges to proceed any further in its execution. Exigit sacre religionis.
14 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 201.)
To Agnes Grene, Augustinian nun of Rothewell, in the diocese of Lincoln. Indult to transfer herself to the priory of Halywell of the same order (sic) or to the Benedictine monasteries of Berkyng or Elenstowe, in the dioceses of London and Lincoln. Humilibus et honestis.
1397.
9 Kal. Nov.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 207d.)
To the bishop of Meath, and the abbots of St. Thomas the Martyr and St. Mary's without the walls, Dublin. Mandate to collate and assign to James Redenesse, Augustinian canon of Dublin, papal chaplain, the priory of Dublin, a major dignity with cure, value not exceeding 300 marks, to which on its voidance by the death of Robert Lokington, he was elected by the chapter, confirmation of which election he obtained from Thomas Wafre, then official of Dublin, and vicar general of the chapter in the voidance of the see. James now doubts whether the election and confirmation hold good. Grata devocionis.
Non. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 225.)
Exemption and liberation of the Benedictine prior and convent of Spaldyng, in the diocese of Lincoln, from the observation of the composition respecting the subjection of the priory, which, as their recent petition contained, was, after a long suit at the apostolic see, made [4 Non. Jan. 1242] by prior Simon and the said convent, of the one part, and abbot James and the convent of the monastery of St. Nicholas, Angers, of the other part, and was confirmed by pope Innocent IV. [2 Non. April 1245.] It was thereby ordained that on the voidance of the priory the convent should within three days send an envoy to announce it to the abbot; that within forty days the abbot should, in person or by proctor, repair to the priory for the election of a prior, failing which the convent should be free to elect; that the abbot should, at least every three years, repair to the priory for the purpose of visitation and of receiving the professions of its novices; that each time he came for such election or visitation he might stay for a month with fifteen mounted attendants (equitaturis) at the priory's expense; that the abbot might send four monks and no more of any nation soever (nacacione for nacione, as it is in the Vatican Reg. named below and in Dugdale) to the priory to live there; that in compensation for the abbot's expenses incurred in the said suit and to be incurred in such elections and visitations the prior and convent should pay him 60 marks a year; in default of which he might promulgate sentence of excommunication: all which is said to be more fully contained in a public instrument. The said petition added that on account of the wars between England and France and on account of the Schism. in which the said abbot and convent have probably been ensnared (laqueati), the prior and convent have not for many years observed the composition. Ad perp. rei mem. In eminenti. [Innocent IV.'s confirmation (dated at Lyons 2 Non. April anno 2, i.e. 1245) of the above composition, which gives exemplification of the instrument containing it much more fully, exists in the Vatican Register of that Pope, no. xxi. ff. 176–178, and is printed in Dugdale, Monasticon, III. 221 with date Lyons, Id. July anno 2, i.e. 1245. See Cal. Lett. I. 215.]
10 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 243.)
Appropriation to the Cluniac prior and convent of St. Mary's, Pretwell, in the diocese of London, of the parish churches of Estwode and Northscobi alias Parva Schobi, in the said diocese, of their patronage, value together not exceeding 60 marks, that of the monastery not exceeding 400. The churches may be served by monks of the monastery, appointed by the prior and convent. Ad perp. rei mem. Sacre religionis.
[13 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.]
(f. 243d.)
To John, Cluniac prior of Bermondeseye, in the diocese of Winchester. Dispensation, as below, f. 277. Religionis zelus, vite ac morum. (Cancelled with strokes only.)
5 Kal. April.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 250.)
To the treasurer of Salisbury. Mandate to enforce certain letters of Urban VI. The petition of the Benedictine abbot and convent of Abbedesbury, in the diocese of Salisbury, to Urban VI. set forth that being by the coast the monastery was very often harassed by Spaniards, Normans, Bretons, and other enemies of the realm, and that when men-at-arms (gentes armigere) for the defence of the realm were quartered there, they consumed its corn, wine and beasts, and carried off other goods, on account of which the husbandmen (coloni) left it uncultivated; so that the abbot and convent would be obliged to go forth and beg. Pope Urban issued a mandate to the bishop of Salisbury, his name not being expressed, to appropriate to them the parish church of Tollepudele, of their patronage, a fitting portion for a perpetual vicar being assigned. Afterwards, on their petition, pope Urban ordered the same bishop to fix the portion at 15 marks only. Their recent petition to the present pope contained that Ralph, bishop of Wells, then bishop of Salisbury, appropriated the said church, but, exceeding the second letters, assigned a portion larger than 15 marks, thereby giving ground for suits between the vicar and them. The treasurer is ordered, if the facts be as stated, to cause the second letters to be observed. Exigit sacre religionis.
6 Kal. Aug.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 267.)
Appropriation to the Cistercian abbot and convent of Pypwelle, in the diocese of Lincoln, of the churches of Eltyngton and Enclysworth, in the same diocese, of their patronage, value together not exceeding 36 marks, that of the monastery not exceeding 300. The churches may be served by monks of the monastery or by secular priests, appointed by the abbot and convent. Ad perp. rei mem. Sacre religionis.
13 Kal. Oct.
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 277.)
To John, Cluniac prior of Bermondeseye, in the diocese of Winchester. Dispensation, in consideration of the great quantity of money which he has spent against schismaties and rebels of the Roman church, to hold for life, together with his Priory, which has cure of souls and is conventual, a benefice with cure, accustomed to be served by religious only, even if a parish church. Religionis zelus, vite ac morum. (De mandato.)