Vatican Regesta 450: 1457-1458

Pages 65-67

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. CCCCL. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

3 Calixtus III.

4 Id. Dec.
(10 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 153d.)
To John Wardale, rector of Aston Flamvile in the diocese of Lincoln, doctor of laws. Dispensation, as below. Eugenius IV. dispensed him to receive and retain for life together with the parish church [of Keston in the diocese of Lincoln, value not exceeding 40l. sterling], which he was then holding, any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, or, if he resigned them, any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if two parish churches or their perpetual vicarages, or dignities, etc., or one of each, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleased, notwithstanding etc. [Cal. Papal Letters, IX. p. 58.] The pope hereby dispenses him (who holds together in virtue of the said dispensation the parish church of Aston Flamvile and the perpetual vicarage of Iseldon in the dioceses of Lincoln and London, all of whose benefices and their values, including the values of the said church and vicarage, and the tenours of which said dispensation and any others the pope holds to be expressed by these presents and approves) to receive and retain for life together with the said church and vicarage or, if he resign them, together with any other two incompatible benefices etc., any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if a parish church etc. and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases, etc., provided that he do not hold three parish churches or their perpetual vicarages or major or principal dignities, or such mixed. Litterarum etc. (M. Ferrarii. xxxx. A. Lumpe. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Novembris. 3 pp. See above, Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVIII. f. 270, and below, Reg. Vat. CCCCLI. f. 22.]
4 Kal. July.
(28 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 157.)
To William bishop of Sidon. (fn. 1) Indult to him (whom lately, when the pope made provision to him of the said church, the pope dispensed to receive and retain therewith in commendam any benefice with or without cure wont to be held by secular clerks), seeing that he has not yet obtained such benefice and that he receives nothing from the fruits of the episcopal mensa of the said church, which is in the parts of the infidels, to receive and retain for life in commendam, together with the said church of Sidon and the said other benefice, two canonries and as many prebends, not in cathedral churches, even if they have cure of souls, and one other benefice with or without cure, wont to be assigned to secular clerks, even if a parish church or a perpetual vicarage or a chantry, even of the patronage of laymen; notwithstanding the constitutions of Otto and Ottobon, sometime legates in England (fn. 2) etc. Exhigit (sic) devocionis sinceritas. (—. (fn. 3) xxxxv. G. de Puteo. Jo. de Vulterris.) [In the margin: Junii. 12/3 pp. See above, Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVII. f. 187.]
12 Kal. March.
(18 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 265.)
Confirmation etc., as below. The recent petition of the prior and convent of the Augustinian monastery of Cumbewell in the diocese of Canterbury contained that although formerly the parish churches of Thornehim (sic) (fn. 4) and Aldyngton in the said diocese were canonically appropriated to the said monastery, and the cure of souls of their parishioners exercised by two perpetual vicars, presented to the ordinary and by him instituted, the late John [Kempe] cardinal bishop of St. Ruffina's and by papal provision and dispensation archbishop of Canterbury (being informed that the said church of Aldyngton had very few parishioners, and that therefore and on account of other misfortunes its fruits etc. were so slender that they were insufficient for the competent maintenance of a vicar, and that the said churches were so near that they could be becomingly served by one vicar and that the parishioners of both could conveniently go to one of the said churches for divine offices etc.) by his ordinary authority united the said churches in perpetuity, and decreed that thenceforth both churches should be governed by one vicar only, by letters which the pope hereby exemplifies, and which, dated in the archbishop's manor at Croydon 8 Jan. A.D. 1452[–3], the first year of his translation, relate as in the pope's foregoing summary, adding that an inquest in the matter was made by authority of the late Henry [Chichele], archbishop of Canterbury. At the said petition, alleging that the fruits etc. of the said vicarage of Aldyngton do not exceed 8 marks sterling, the pope (who at the beginning of his pontificate annulled all unions etc. which had not taken effect, etc., and required the value of the benefice to be united and of that to which it is to be united to be stated, without which the union should not hold good [see Ottenthal, Regulœ Cancellariœ Apostolicœ, pp. 39 (no. 69), 50 (nos. 15 and 16), 74 (no. 70)]), holding the value of the fruits etc. of the said church of Thorneham to be expressed by these presents, hereby confirms the said union etc. Ad perp. rei mem. Pastoralis officii debitum. (M. Ferrarii. xxxvi. Jo. de Vulterris. P. de Bonitate.) [2⅓ pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with ‘Calix. iii. de Cur. An. ii. iii. Tom. xv.’ Inside it is the usual front half of the original sheepskin parchment, with the contemporary description ‘Liber xv. Calisti,’ and other unimportant contemporary and later notes, e.g. the usual ‘Vidit Ph.’ Seventeen pages of ‘Rubricelle’ follow, headed ‘Secuntur Rubricelle quintidecimi libri de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri domini Calisti pape iii., incepte de mense Januarii mcccclviii,’ and ending with ‘Finis presentium Rubricellarum. Deo gratias.’ The ‘Rubricelle’ are immediately followed by a letter of Pius II, wrongly registered here and therefore cancelled with a stroke, as explained beneath it, ‘propter errorem.’ There are 3 folios numbered i. after which come ff. ii.-cccxxi.
  • 2. As noted above, under Reg. Vat. CCCCXLVII., f. 187, he is not in Eubel, Hierarchia, II, p. 260.
  • 3. This is the only indication in the indult itself of his nationality.
  • 4. The usual subscription in the margin at the beginning is wanting.
  • 5. Rightly spelt ‘Thorneham’ in the archbishop's letters below.