Close Rolls, Richard II: July 1378

Pages 182-184

Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 1, 1377-1381. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.

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July 1378

July 1.
To John Hethe escheator in Suffolk. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with certain lands in Brandon by him lately taken into the king's hand upon the finding of an inquisition, by the escheator taken of his office, that Margaret daughter of Adam Colle of Brandon, a natural idiot, was thereof seised, and was married to John Chapman of Mildenhale, that he aliened the same to William parson of Brandon and John Waterman, that after his death the said Margaret made them a release thereof, and that they held the premises fifteen years and more, delivering to the said William any issues thereof taken; as the said William has informed the king that the said Margaret was not a natural idiot but is of sound mind, and that he has a lawful estate in the premises, as may appear by examination of her and by divers charters produced in chancery and evidences in his hands, praying that whereas he was unduly put out of possession of the premises, the same be committed to him by a mainprise to answer to the king for the issues thereof if they shall be adjudged to the king; and the king has committed them to him accordingly, and by examination in presence of the justices and others of the council had of the said Margaret, whom the king caused to appear in person in chancery in the octaves of St. John Baptist last, it seems to the court that she is not a natural idiot.
Membrane 13.
Bull of Pope Urban [VI], addressed to the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Lincoln, commanding them or one of them, in consideration of the king's devotion to the church of Rome, to collate two persons nominated by the king to two canonries in every cathedral and metropolitan and every secular collegiate church in England, Ireland and Wales, namely one canonry each, and cause them to be received in full right, and to reserve in every such church two prebends and two dignities, parsonages or offices with or without cure if any be now void or when such shall be void, even if these be the highest dignities in cathedral churches after the pontifical and the principal dignities in collegiate churches and usually elective, to induct such persons thereto, provided that by themselves or their proctors they shall accept the same within one month after being assured of a vacancy, with inhibition to the ordinaries and chapters of such churches and those to whom pertains the collation, provision, presentation, election or disposal of such prebends etc. against disposing thereof before the acceptance or until assured of the refusal of the said persons, and to coerce gainsayers by ecclesiastical censure without appeal, statutes concerning a set number of canons or other statutes and customs of the said churches notwithstanding, or notwithstanding that any be received or suing to be received in such canonries etc. by authority of the pope or others, or have obtained letters of provision special to such churches or general from the pope or his legates although they have taken proceedings, to all of whom save those received or awaiting prebends etc. by authority of the pope the said persons are to be preferred but without prejudice, or notwithstanding that papal indult be given to such ordinaries, chapters or others that they shall not be bound by such provision, and may not be interdicted, suspended or excommunicated, and that no provision may be made to canonries etc. at their disposal without express mention of such indult word for word, or notwithstanding that the said persons be not present to take the usual oath to observe the statutes (provided they shall do so by proxy in absence, and in person when they repair thither), or that any of them shall hold one, two or three benefices though one be a cure, dignity, parsonage or office, provided that after obtaining peaceable possession of the aforesaid dignities etc. they shall resign such other benefice or benefices, and the voidance thereof is hereby decreed; and it is the pope's intent that the king's nominees be preferred to any now having papal provisions, decreeing that any attempt to the contrary be null and void. Dated St. Peters Rome, v id. Maii 1 Urban [VI].
Memorandum that on 26 August 3 Richard II this bull was delivered to Thomas bishop of Exeter the treasurer to be kept in the treasury.