Vatican Regesta 445: 1456

Pages 48-52

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. CCCCXLV. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

2 Calixtus III.

7 Kal. Oct.
(25 Sept.)
S. Maria
Maggiore, Rome.
(f. 49d.)
To the archdeacon, the dean (fn. 2) and the precentor of Emly (Imolacen.). Mandate (the pope having been informed by John [O’] Hedyan, clerk, of the diocese of Cashel, that Cornelius Omulrony, dean of Cashel, who is insufficiently learned, (fn. 3) has dilapidated and alienated etc. the goods of the deanery and otherwise inflicted upon it grave injury and loss, in respect of which and several other crimes he is greatly defamed in those parts, to the shame of the priestly order) if and after John (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, and who from fear of Cornelius's power has no hope of obtaining justice in the city and diocese of Cashel) accuses Cornelius before the above three, to summon him, and if they find the foregoing, or one of them sufficient for the purpose, to be true, to deprive and remove him, and in that event to collate and assign the said deanery, a major dignity with cure, value not execeding 24 marks sterling, to John: whether it become void by such deprivation and removal, or be still void by the promotion lately made by papal authority of John archbishop of Cashel of that church, and by his consecration, or be void in any other way. He is hereby dispensed, notwithstanding the said defect etc., to receive and retain it. Vite etc. (Jo. Cosida. | xxxv. Ja. de Viterbio. A. de Panigaliis.) [In the margin: Octobris. 22/3 pp. See Reg. Vat. CCCCLXXV., ff. 86d. and 216d., below.]
5 Kal. Dec.
(27 Nov.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 183.)
Confirmation, with exemplification, of the letters:—
Universis sancte Romane (rectius ‘matris,’ as in the copy in Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVIII., ff. 222 sqq.) ecclesie filiisEx parte venerabilium, of William bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, drawn up by master William Brande, notary public, the bishop's scribe, and dated in the dwelling house of master Laurence Bothe, a canon of St. Paul's, London, and residentiary in that cathedral church, 29 Jan., in the year 14[4]9–1450, according to the computation of the English church, indiction 13, an. 3 Nicholas V., in the presence of, as witnesses, masters John Thurston, archdeacon of Colchester, Richard Halle, doctor of decrees, and Robert Rent (rectius ‘Kent,’ as in Reg. CCCCXLVIII.), bachelor in laws, of the dioceses of Canterbury, London and Lincoln, (fn. 4) and drawn up and attested on the said date by the above William Brande, clerk, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, notary public by apostolic authority, with his name and mark and with the seal of the said bishop, which the pope has caused to be inspected and examined [in his chancery], appropriating, as below, the parish church of Mancestre to the monastery of Merevale. The bishop's said letters set forth the petition addressed to him by the abbot and convent of the Cistercian monastery of St. Mary Merevale (de Miravalle) in the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield, relating that Thomas Arblaster (apparently written ‘Arbelstr’ in Reg. CCCCXLVIII.) the elder, esquire, and Alice his wife, Anne sometime wife of Thomas Porter, esquire, (fn. 5) Robert Armeburgh, esquire, Reginald Armeburgh, Clement Draper (‘Trap’ in Reg. CCCCXLVIII.), Joan sometime wife of William Harper (‘Harp,’ ibid.), (fn. 6) Ralph Holte (‘Hol,’ ibid.) and Helen (Elena) his wife have granted to the said abbot and convent the advowson of the parish church of Mancestre, (fn. 7) with a view to its appropriation in perpetuity; that the fruits etc. given to the said monastery at its original foundation and endowment have much decreased by reason of barrenness of lands, floods, dearth of cultivators (colonorum raritatem), the fewness of their servants on account of their immoderate and excessive wages, and other misfortunes, and that the abbot and convent are much burdened with hospitality, so that the said fruits etc. are not sufficient for their support and for the keeping up of hospitality in the ancient fashion, etc.; wherefore the said bishop, sitting as a tribunal in the aforesaid dwelling house, by his ordinary authority has appropriated the said parish church to the said abbot and convent and their successors and to the said monastery in perpetuity by his present sentence of appropriation, ‘In dei nomine Amen. Auditis plenius et intellectis,’ which he hereby exemplifies, and which states that he has summoned master Roger Walle, archdeacon of Coventry, and all others concerned, examined the witnesses and other proofs produced by the said abbot and convent, and that licence [not exemplified] of Henry king of England and of all concerned has been forthcoming; so that the abbot and convent may enter upon and take possession of the said church, already void, and take and dispose of the fruits etc. thereof, saving a fit portion for a perpetual vicar, which the bishop hereby assigns and fixes at 16 marks a year payable at the four terms of the year, namely [at] the feasts of Easter, St. John Baptist, Michaelmas and Christmas, (fn. 8) and the first collation of which vicarage the bishop reserves to himself, and the presentation thereafter in perpetuity to the abbot and convent, the bishop further ordaining that the abbot and convent shall within two years build at their own expense a sufficient manse for the vicar and his successors, and reserving the usual yearly pensions, namely, of 13s. 4d. to each of the cathedral churches and to the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, (fn. 9) and to the archdeacon of Coventry 4s. 4d. (so also in Reg. CCCCXLVIII.), payable at Michaelmas, and imposing upon the abbot and convent the payment of 3s. 4d. in alms from the fruits etc. of the said parish church to be distributed yearly at the discretion of the vicar and churchwardens, to its poor parishioners within a week after Lady Day.
Ad perp rei mem. Vota religiosorum. (M. Ferrarii. | lx. Ja. de Viterbio. L. de Cosciariis. (fn. 10) ) [9½ pp. See below, Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVIII., f. 222 and Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1446–52, p. 302.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 11)
(f. 259d.) (fn. 12)
To John Bernard, rector of Dipden in the diocese of Winchester, M.A. Dispensation to receive and retain for life together with the said church, value not exceeding 25 marks sterling, any one other, or if he resign that church any two other benefices, with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities, even major or principal etc., or one of each, but not two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | xxxvi. Ja. de Viterbio. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Decembris. 1½ pp.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 13)
(f. 260.)
To Thomas Smith alias Bolt, rector of All Saints, Winchester, in the diocese of Winchester, M.A. Dispensation to receive and retain for life together with the said church, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling, any one other benefice etc., as in the preceding, mutatis mutandis. (L. DathusDecembris) as ibid. [1⅓ pp.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 13)
(f. 261.)
To John Dunmowe, a Cistercian monk of St. Mary's, Waverley, in the diocese of Winchester, scholar in theology. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure, wont to be governed by regulars of the said order, even if a chantry or a parish church or its perpetual vicarage or a chaplaincy, and even if of the patronage of laymen, and to resign it, or any other benefice which he shall obtain in virtue of these presents, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases. Religionis zelus, litterarum sciencia, vite etc. (L. Dathus. | xxv. Ja. de Viterbio. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Decembris. 1 p.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 14)
(f. 285.)
To John Aylmer, rector of Sewenok in the diocese of Canterbury. Dispensation to him, who holds the said church and the free chapel of St. John Baptist in Sewenok, value not exceeding 30 and 10 marks sterling respectively, and has a perpetual vicar who exercises the cure of souls in the said parish church, to receive and retain for life together with the said church any one other etc., as above, f. 259d., mutatis mutandis. Vite etc. (L. Dat[h]us. … Decembris), as ibid. [1½ pp.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 14)
(f. 286.)
To John Treguran, M.A. of the university of Oxford. Indult to him, who is in his eightieth year and more, and suffers from colic and stone and divers other infirmities, (fn. 15) so that he is obliged always to eat flesh, that he may without scruple of conscience at all times, even in Lent, on the advice of his physician and confessor, freely eat flesh and other food adapted to his infirmities, except only on Fridays. Votis tuis. (L. Dat[h]us. | xx. Ja. de Viterbio. Jo. de Vulterris.) [½ p.]

St. Peter's, Rome. (fn. 14)
(f. 286.)
To Richard Seal, a Crouched friar, of the diocese of Lincoln. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by friars of the said order, even if etc., as above, f. 261. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (L. DathusDecembris), as ibid. [1 p. —.]


  • 1. qui etiam deffectum (sic) natalium patitur (? rectius patiens), nulla desuper per cum canonica dispensacione obtenta ac alias in domo et rectoria predictis viciosum ingressum habuit.
  • 2. On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with Calix. iii. de Cur. Anno ii. Tom. x. Inside it is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with unimportant contemporary notes, e.g. ‘Vidit Ph.’, etc. There are 20 pp., well thumbed as usual, of ‘Rubricelle, headed ‘Secuntur Rubricelle decimi libri de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri Calisti pape tercii, incepte de mense Septembris anno domini mcccclvi.’ The text extends from f. ii. to f. cccxviii.
  • 3. The order is unusual, but it is the same in Reg. Vat. CCCCLXXV., f. 86d., below.
  • 4. minus litteratus existens.
  • 5. presentibus tunc ibidem venerabilibus viris magistris Johanne Thurston, archidiacono Colcester(ie), Ricardo Halle decretorum doctore et Roberto Rent (sic) in legibus baccalario cantori (rectius Cantuarien.), London. et Lincoln, dioc. (Reg. CCCCXLVIII. has here Cantuarien., Londonien. et Linchonien. dioc.) testibus. John Thurston is presumably the ‘another archdeacon of Colchester,’ between 1450 and 1462, whose name was unknown to Le Neve, Fasti, ed. Hardy, II, p. 340.
  • 6. Anna nuper uxor Thome Porter armiger[i].
  • 7. Johanna que fuit uxor Willelmi Harper.
  • 8. advocationem ecclesie pawech de Ma(n)cestr(e). By ‘pawech’ is evidently intended ‘parrochialis,’ but it suggests a reminiscence of the equivalent English word.
  • 9. ad quatuor anni terminos, videlicet [ad] festa Pasche sancti Johannis Baptiste sancti Michaelis Archangeli et Natalis Domini, per equales portiones fideliter persolvenda, i.e. without a clause appointing the first payment to be made on the first of the said feasts next following. Cf. below, Reg. Vat. CCCCLV., f. 125, and CCCCLIX., f. 301d.
  • 10. prefatarum ecclesiarum cath(edralium) et Conven(trensi) et Lich(efeldensi) episcopo cuicunque tresdecim solidos et quatuor denarios.
  • 11. Cf. the different tax and subscriptions in Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVIII., f. 222.
  • 12. ’Datum Rome apud Sanctum Petrum Anno etc. mcccclvi. [blank] pontificatus nostri anno secundo,’ i.e. a space has been left for the day and month.
  • 13. On f. 196, under date St. Peter's, Rome, 1456, 3 Non. June anno 2 is a faculty to Nicholas cardinal priest of St. Peter's ad Vincula to carry out the exchange, without the Roman court, of the benefices of six continual commensal members of his household. See his appointment as legate to England above, pp. 19 and 20.
  • 14. A blank space left in the date, as in the preceding.
  • 15. qui in octuagesimo et ultra tue etatis anno ac collice passionis et lapidis variisque aliis infirmitatibus constitutus et debilitatus existis. …