Vatican Regesta 471: 1459-1460

Pages 382-387

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 11, 1455-1464. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1921.

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Vatican Regesta. Vol. CCCCLXXI. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

2 Pius II.

Kal. Jan.
(1 Jan.)
(f. 25.)
To Peter Courteney, archdeacon of Exeter. Indult for five years to him, who is of noble birth, to visit by deputy the churches, monasteries and other ecclesiastical places of his said archdeaconry, and the persons thereof. Meruit tue devocionis. (G. Lollius. | xxx. M. Amici. Je. de Sala.) [In the margin: Junii. 1 p.]

1 Pius II.

10 Kal. July.
(22 June.)
(f. 173.)
Assignment (Vincent Clementis, a subdeacon of the pope and collector of the papal Camera in England, S.T.M., having lent free of interest (fn. 2) to the pope and the said Camera the sum of 2,000 gold florins of the Camera, payment of which sum Ambrose de Spanochiis, the pope's banker, has received from Peter and John de Medicis and company, merchants [of Florence], in the Roman court, (fn. 3) and has entered and recorded in the ordinary revenue of the Camera on folio 58, (fn. 4) and of which 2,000 florins thus lent the said Ambrose, in virtue of an order of the pope's treasurer dated 20 June, 1459, anno 1, has paid 1,000 florins to the said Medici towards (fn. 5) 2,000 like florins which the said Medici had otherwise lent to the pope and the Camera, and of which an assignment was granted to them by the said Camera under date 15 Dec. last past upon the revenues of the collectorate of England (fn. 6) ) to the said Vincent of the said sum of 2,000 florins upon the fruits, rights, rents and revenues of the said collectorate of England, the pope's will being that he shall hold and exercise the office of collector continuously until he has been fully repaid the said sum of 2,000 florins at the rate of 46 [pence] sterling [to the florin]. The pope further grants him faculty to take and retain the moneys which come to him as collector until he has fully recovered the said sum at the above rate, and orders the chamberlain and the clerks of the Camera to allow him in his accounts the sums thus retained by him, which sums the pope himself allows to him hereby. Ad fut. rei mem. Debitum rationis exposcit. (G. Lollius. | A. de Moncia. de Curia.) [1½ pp. See above, Reg. Vat. CCCCLXIX, f. 177.]
7 Id. June.
(7 June.)
(f. 191.)
To the bishop of Exeter and John Vardal, a canon of Lincoln. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Vincent Clementis, rector of Olney in the diocese of Lincoln, a subdeacon of the pope, contained that on the said church becoming void by the resignation made to the ordinary of Nicholas Wimbissh and admitted by the said ordinary, by his ordinary authority, the said ordinary collated it to William Chambr[e], priest, of the said diocese, and reserved a yearly life pension of 100 nobles to the said Nicholas upon the fruits etc. thereof, to be paid by William and his successors, William taking oath not to contravene the said reservation; that afterwards William, after having obtained possession of the church, resigned it to the said ordinary, and that the ordinary, having admitted the resignation by his ordinary authority, made collation and provision of the church, thus void, to the said Vincent, who had been presented by the patron, requiring Vincent to swear, which he did, to pay the said pension to Nicholas. At the said petition (adding that Vincent, who is also collector of the pope to the papal Camera in England, and S.T.M., took such oath conditionally, namely, if and as far as what he was compelled to by the said ordinary was lawful and fair and just, as is said to be contained more fully in certain public instruments), praying for absolution from the said oath, for the decreeing of the nullity of the said pension, as being unlawfully (fn. 7) made and also as being exorbitant, the fruits etc. of the said church not exceeding 150 nobles, etc., the pope hereby orders the above two to summon Nicholas and others concerned, and if they find the foregoing to be true, to relax Vincent's said oath, and to decree and declare that he is not bound to observe it, and that the said reservation was and is null and invalid (fn. 8) and unlawfully made. Cum ad ecclesiarum. (Ja. Lucen. | xxvi. M. Amici. G. de Porris.) [In the margin: Junii. 1½ pp.]
4 Kal. July.
(28 June.)
(f. 224.)
To Gilbert Forstar, a canon of Dunkeld, an acolyte of the pope, M.A. Collation and provision to him, who is of noble birth, of a canonry and the prebend of Moindy in Dunkeld, value not exceeding 9½l. of old sterlings, void, and therefore ipso facto reserved to the pope, by the death at Rome (where the Roman court then was, as it now is) and at the apostolic see, of Christopher Piot; notwithstanding the constitutions of Boniface VIII and other papal constitutions, etc., or that he holds a canonry and the prebend called the succentorship, a non-major dignity, in Moray, and the archdeaconry of Brechin, the value of all which does not exceed 48l. sterling, and the perpetual vicarage of Dunde in the diocese of Brechin, value not exceeding 30l. sterling, about which latter he is litigating in the apostolic palace, and that he was lately dispensed by papal authority, then holding the said archdeaconry, to receive and retain for life therewith any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a dignity etc., even a major or principal dignity, or a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased, and hold instead two other incompatible benefices, provided that they were not two parish churches or perpetual vicarages. Grata devotionis obsequia.
Concurrent mandate to the bishops of Glasgow, Dunblane and Orvieto. Hodie dilecto filio. (G. Lollius. | xii. x. M. Amici. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Julii. 3 pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., pp. 414–415, No. 788, as far as ‘Non obstantibus pie memorie Bonifacii pape viii,’ i.e. omitting the Non obstantibus and final clauses and the concurrent mandate, all which he sums up by an ‘etc.’ (which he has here and in many similar cases written in the margin of the Register itself, in ink), thereby omitting mention of Forstar's benefices in the churches of Moray and Brechin and the vicarage of Dunde, etc.]
11 Kal. Jan.
(22 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 292d.)
To the bishop of Orvieto and the dean and archdeacon of Limerick. Mandate, as below. The recent petition of Thomas Macega, priest, of the diocese of Limerick, contained that on the voidance of the perpetual vicarage of Asgeptenc (sic) in the said diocese by the free resignation of Edmund Macadam before notary public and witnesses, and admitted by certain judges or executors appointed by papal authority, the said judges or executors, or one of them, made collation and provision thereof by the said authority to the said Thomas, in virtue of which he obtained and held possession for some time; that upon a cause arising about the vicarage between him and John Maclanchie, priest, of the said diocese, who claimed it and prevented Thomas's peaceable possession, pope Eugenius IV committed the cause, at Thomas's instance, although it had not lawfully devolved to the apostolic see, to the late Peter de Caveisrubeis, a papal chaplain and auditor, who promulgated a definitive sentence in favour of Thomas and against John; that subsequently, upon the said pope being falsely informed by Philip Offlait, priest, of the said diocese, that Thomas had perpetrated a number of excesses and crimes, then expressed, the said pope ordered the official of Limerick, if and after Philip accused Thomas before him, to summon Thomas, and if he found the same to be true, to deprive and remove Thomas, and in that event to collate and assign the vicarage to Philip; that the said official promulgated an unjust sentence in favour of Philip and against Thomas, from which Thomas appealed to the apostolic see; that Nicholas V committed the cause of the appeal, at Thomas's instance, to Master John Josso, a papal chaplain and auditor, who promulgated a definitive sentence in favour of Thomas and against Philip, which became a res judicata, and decreed letters executory against Philip; that John, then bishop of Limerick, now a bishop in the universal church, proceeding to execution of the said letters executory, as a sub-executor thereof, admitted Thomas to the vicarage and instituted him therein etc., and that, upon Philip's wrongfully opposing the said execution, the said bishop, taking cognisance, de facto and not by papal delegation, of the right of both parties, declared, nulliter et de facto, that neither Thomas nor Philip had a right in or to the vicarage, and by his ordinary authority made collation and provision thereof, as being void, to Philip Otathill (rectius Ocathill), clerk, of the said diocese, likewise de facto; all of which foregoing matters are said to be more fully contained in letters of the said Eugenius, Nicholas, auditors and bishop. At the said petition, adding that Thomas doubts whether for certain reasons the said sentence and its consequences hold good, and the said vicarage being, as the pope has learned, still void, the pope hereby orders the above three to collate and assign it, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, to Thomas, who was lately dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure; whether it be void as above, or by the non-promotion to the priesthood of Gilbert Itaschill or William Ymolcorkra, or by the free resignation of the said Gilbert, William and Edmund, or be void in any other way. Vite etc. (G. Lollius. | Gratis pro deo. Juravit. A. de Montia. D. de Luca.) [In the margin: Marcii. 32/3 pp. The letters of Eugenius IV referred to do not occur in his surviving Registers, and are therefore not in Vols. VIII. and IX. of the Calendar.]
5 Non. July.
(3 July.)
(f. 338d.)
Confirmation, with exemplification, of:—
Eugenius IV's letters Dum precelsa meritorum insignia addressed to all Christ's faithful, and dated at St. Peter's, Rome, in the year 1444, 5 Id. May (11 May) anno 14, recapitulating:—
the said pope's recent grant, made at the instance and for the lifetime only of Henry king of England, who had built and endowed the collegiate church of St. Mary, Eton by Windsor, of plenary remission of all their sins to all the faithful who, being penitent and having confessed, visited the said church from the first to the second vespers of the Assumption, and gave alms for the repelling of the Turks and the enemies of the name of Christ, and for the support of the fabric and ministers and poor dwelling therein; and also his grant for the priests, secular or regular, appointed by the provost, to hear the confessions of such faithful and, after enjoining penance, to absolve them in all cases except those specially reserved to the apostolic see; the said pope's will being that of such oblations four parts should be made, one for the said fabric and support, and the other three for the repelling of the Turks, and especially for the help of Constantinople, Rhodes etc.
At the repeated petitions of the said king, and in consideration that he has offered service on behalf of himself and his realm instead of the said oblations, pope Eugenius now grants by his said later letters that all the faithful who in future visit the said church on the said feast, as above, shall gain plenary remission of all their sins, and that the said priests may hear the confessions of those who so visit, and absolve them, as above, his present grant to hold good in perpetuity. [Cal. Papal Lett., VIII, p. 271, and Bekynton Correspondence, as there noted.]
The present pope hereby confirms and approves the said indulgence and power of absolving, but wills that, as in the said earlier letters of Eugenius, four parts shall be made of the said oblations, one for the said fabric etc. and the other three for the defence of the faith and the subvention of Christian regions, for the collection of which he hereby specially appoints his collector in those parts. Ad fut. rei mem. Pastoris eterni. (Ja. de Luca. | lx. M. Amici. S. de Spada.) [In the margin: Julii. 3 pp. +.]
12 Kal. Feb.
(21 Jan.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 392d.)
To Anthony Ferrarii, a canon of Seville (Ispalen.), an acolyte and chaplain of the pope. Motu proprio grant and indult to him (who was sent by Calixtus III as nuncio and receiver-general to the parts of Germany and the dominions of Philip duke of Burgundy and also the realm of England, and who has exercised the said office for thirty months continuously, not without great labours and perils by sea and land, and has done much in favour of the orthodox faith and the crusade and the preparation of a fleet against the Turk; who is a bachelor in decrees and an abbreviator of apostolic letters, and is a continual commensal member of the household of Rodrigo, cardinal deacon of St. Nicholas's in Carcere Tulliano, vice-chancellor of the Roman church) that he may from the day of his leaving the Roman court for the carrying out of the order of the pope's said predecessor until the final reckoning day of his administration, and three months thereafter, receive all the fruits etc. of his canonry and prebend of Seville, as if personally resident in that church, and not be bound to reside therein until he has given a full account, and until the said three months are elapsed; with mandate executory hereby to the bishop of Spoleto and the officials of Cordova and Cadiz. Grata devotionis obsequia. (Ja. Lucen. | Gratis pro familiari domini vicecancellarii. Jo. de Vulterris.) [2 pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern red leather label, with: ‘Pii ii. de Curia. Anno i. Tom. iv.’ Inside the volume is the front half of the original sheepskin binding, with: ‘Liber iiii. bullarum Pii (corrected from p(a)pe) ii,’ and various unimportant contemporary notes. The Rubricelle, of which there are 27 pp, are headed: ‘Rubricella [sic] libri iv. bullarum de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri Pii pape ii. expedit(arum anno primo sui pontificatus.’ There are i.—ccclxxxxviii. ff. of text.
  • 2. gratis et amore.
  • 3. a dilectis filiis Petro et Johanne de Medicis et sociis mercatoribus in Romana Curia solventibus [sic].
  • 4. et ad ordinarium introitum camere folio quinquagesimo octavo posuit et annotavit.
  • 5. in deductionem.
  • 6. prefatus Ambrosius depositarius …. mille florenos auri eisdem de Medicis persolvit, in deductionem duorum milium similium florenorum quos ipsi de Medicis nobis et dicte camere alias mutuaverant, et eisdem a dicta camera assignamentum super introitibus dicte collectorie Anglie sub data die quintadecima Decembris proxime preteriti concessum extitit.
  • 7. tanquam de facto emanatam.
  • 8. nullam et invalidam ac de facto emanatam fuisse et esse.