Vatican Regesta 422: 1452

Pages 237-240

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 10, 1447-1455. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1915.

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Vatican Regesta, Vol. CCCCXXII. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

6 Nicholas V.

Non. Aug.
(5 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 125.)
To Alexander Fayclogh, rector of Normoynton (fn. 2) in the diocese of York, S.T.M. Dispensation to him, who is of noble birth, to hold for life with the said church, [value not stated,] any other benefice, even if another parish church etc., or without them any two benefices with cure or incompatible with one another, even if dignities etc. or two parish churches etc., and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases etc. Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (Rinucius (fn. 3). | l. Ja. Bouron. Nuuolonibus, D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Aug(usti). 1½ pp.]

5 Nicholas V.

4 Id. Dec.
(10 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 250d.)
Declaration etc., as below. The recent petition of the prior and convent of the Carthusian house of Jesus of Bethle[h]em, Schene, in the diocese of Winchester, contained that Henry V, in the court of peers and parliament of the realm of England, with the consent of the said peers and lords spiritual and temporal and commons, then assembled in the said parliament, resumed the manors of Leuesham and Grenewych in the diocese of Rochester, and their appurtenances, from the abbot and convent of the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter, Ghent (Ganden.), in the diocese of Tournai, who held them from him in fee, and granted them to the said prior and convent and house, which he himself had founded and built; that, after they had held them in peace for several years, the said abbot and convent impetrated from the present pope letters, as below, suggesting to him that the said manors had belonged to them from time immemorial and that the said prior and convent had intruded themselves; that the general synod of Basel committed the cause which arose between the parties, first to the late Branda, bishop of Porto, then resident at Basel, at the instance of the abbot and convent, and afterwards to James Clant, a canon of St. Severinus's, Cologne, one of the judges of causes then held at Basel, the latter of whom, after Eugenius IV's transfer of the said synod from Basel to Ferrara, by a definitive sentence adjudged the said manors to the said abbot and convent, removed the said prior and convent from their occupation, restored the abbot and convent, and condemned the prior and convent in the fruits etc. received from the said manors and in costs, which latter he subsequently taxed at 200 florins of the camera of good gold and just weight; and that, it being further suggested to the pope by the abbot and convent that they feared lest, whilst the suit had been pending, others had intruded themselves or might do so, he ordered the bishop of Bergamo and the officials of Besançon and Tournai to cause the aforesaid to be executed, restoring the abbot and convent and removing the prior etc.; under pretext of which letters of the pope (impetrated or rather extorted from him by the said abbot and convent when he had left Rome on account of the pestilence and was residing in Spoleto), and of the consequent processes, the abbot and convent caused the prior and convent to be admonished to obey the said sentence, under pain of sentence of excommunication and other sentences, censures etc., and upon their disobedience caused them to be declared to have incurred the said sentence of excommunication etc. and to be publicly proclaimed excommunicate etc., and molested them in other ways and daily do so. At the petition therefore of the said prior and convent, the pope (seeing that the said letters are [for reasons given] against the style of the chancery) declares null the said letters executory, as having emanated against the pope's knowledge and the said style (fn. 4), and also the processes and censures made through them etc., absolves conditionally (pro potioris cautele suffragio) the said prior and convent etc. from the said sentences of excommunication etc., dispenses them on account of irregularity contracted, if any, and rehabilitates them, and inhibits the above bishop and officials from proceeding to execute the above sentence or the pope's said letters, etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Romanus pontifex cum naturam. (Poggius. | l. F. de Laude. Constantinus.) [In the margin:Oct(obris). 5½ pp. See Monasticon, VI, pp. 31–33, and Cal. Pat. Rolls, Henry VI, 1422–1429, p. 222.]

6 Nicholas V.

Kal. Nov.
(1 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome
(f. 301d.)
To the abbots of St. Peter's, Westminster, and Bury St. Edmunds and the archdeacon of Stowe. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Robert Stillyngton, archdeacon of Colchester and Taunton and canon and prebendary of Fenton in York and Geuendale in Ripon, contained that by the negligence of divers of his predecessors, and especially of the late John Stopyndon and the late Robert Ascogh, successively holders of the archdeaconry of Colchester, of the late Thomas Palton [rectius Polton] and Adam Moleyns, sometime bishops of Worcester and Chichester, and Nicholas Calton, successive holders of the archdeaconry of Taunton, the said late Robert Ascogh and John Bradston, successive holders of the canonry and prebend of Fe[n]ton, and the said late John Stopyndon and Robert Dobbys, successive holders of the canonry and prebend of Geuendale, or by the negligence of their proctors, many of their buildings, churches etc. are in ruinous condition, to the prejudice and loss of the said Robert (who has appealed to the apostolic see from a number of undue grievances), and of the said benefices. The pope therefore orders the above to summon those concerned, hear such appeals and the principal matters and all other causes belonging to the ecclesiastical forum between the said Robert Stillyngton of the one part, and the said John Bradsten [sic] and Robert Dobbys and the executors of the said late John Stopyndon, Robert Ascogh, Thomas and Adam, sometime bishops of Worcester and Chichester, and Nicholas (fn. 5) Calton, and decide them in accordance with the custom of England in such matters or otherwise, causing their decision to be observed by ecclesiastical censure, without appeal. Humilibus supplicum. (Poggius. | xxvi. F. de Laude. Constantinus.) [In the margin: No(vembris). 2 pp. ✗.]
3 Kal. Dec.
(29 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 303.)
To the same. Mandate, as below. The pope has learned that although he lately decreed that the election of Richard Andrew, dean of York, doctor of laws, to the said deanery, a major dignity, made by the canons forming a majority of the chapter, had been made by the sounder part, called up to himself any causes pending between the said Richard and John Berny[n]gham, treasurer of the said church, possessed of no scholastic degree, who alleged that he had been elected, extinguished such causes, and approved and confirmed the said election of Richard, and appointed executors: and that although, in virtue of processes made by Nicholas bishop of Piacenza, one of the three executors appointed, the chapter etc. of the said church were, under pain of excommunication etc., admonished and required to admit Richard to possession, nevertheless the said treasurer John, John Castell, William Duffeld, John Marshall, Stephen Wilton, Robert Dobbis, Thomas Tanfeld, Thomas Gauge and John Sutton, canons of the said church, and other clerks and laymen, disobeyed the said admonitions, and did and still do their best to prevent Richard from obtaining possession of the deanery and being admitted etc., and that, being involved in the said sentences, they have celebrated mass etc. The pope therefore orders the above to summon those concerned, publicly proclaim excommunicate, on Sundays and other feast days, those of them whom they find to have incurred the said sentence of excommunication, until they obey the said admonitions etc., proceeding moreover by deprivation etc. Officii nostri debitum. (Poggius. | xxxv. F. de Laude. S. de Spada.) [In the margin: No(vembris). 3½ pp.] In the margin is also: Non detur copia nisi de licentia domini nostri pape.


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual red label, with ‘Nicol. V. de Curia. Lib. xvii. To. xxxviii.’ Inside the cover is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with the year ‘mcccclii,’ the number of the liberxviis ,’ and other more or less contemporary notes. On a flyleaf is, in the hand of Bissaiga, ‘Nicolai V. de Curia. Lib. xvii. Tom. xxxviii.' The rubricelle are headed ‘Incipcent Rubricelle decimi septimi libri de Curia incepte de mense Augusti mcccclii,’ after which comes the text, ff. 1–313.
  • 2. Also spelt ‘Normoynthon.’
  • 3. Written above ‘Pe. de Noxeto,’ which is cancelled.
  • 4. tanguam a nobis preter mentem nostram as sitilum predictum emanatas.
  • 5. Nobili, rectius Nicolai, as at the first mention of the name.