Vatican Regesta 451: 1458

Pages 67-71

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. CCCCLI. (fn. 1)

De Curia.

3 Calixtus III.

8 Id. Feb.
(6 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 22.)
To John Wardale, priest, of the diocese of Lincoln, doctor of laws. Exemplification, which shall have the force of the original, from the Register of Eugenius IV. of the letters ‘Litterarum sciencia, vite …’ of that pope (of which the original has, he fears, been lost) (fn. 2) addressed to John Verdale, rector of Keston in the diocese of Lincoln, I.U.B., and dated at Florence, 1438[–9] 3 Id. Feb. (11 Feb.) anno 8, dispensing him to receive and to retain for life together with the said church, value not exceeding 40l. sterling, any one 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. Provisionis nostre decet. (M. Ferrarii. xx. Jo. de Vulterris. D. de Piscia.) [In the margin: Januarii. 14/5 pp. The lost dispensation was evidently that which is registered in the Lateran Register, CCCLXVII. f. 27 (Cal. Papal Lett., IX. p. 58) and recapitulated in Reg. Vat. CCCCL. f. 153d, above, p. 65. The date given in Reg. Lat. CCCLXVII. f. 27, is however later, viz. Florence, 1438[–9], 5 Id. March (11 March) anno 8, the above earlier date, 11 Feb. 1438[–9], being perhaps the date on which the petition was signed, and thus given in error.]
10 Kal. Jan.
(23 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 26d.)
To James Sevenok, abbot of the Benedictine monastery of SS. Peter and Paul and Augustine without the walls of Canterbury. Confirmation etc., as below. Lately, on the voidance of the said monastery, immediately subject to the Roman church, by the death of George, the prior and convent unanimously elected the above James, then a professed monk of the said monastery, in priest's orders, of lawful age and born of lawful marriage, to which election he consented, and the matter of which election he and the said convent have caused to be set forth before the pope in consistory, petitioning for its confirmation. The pope therefore, at the relation of John cardinal priest of St. Clement's, hereby confirms and approves the said election, appoints James abbot, and commits to him the rule and administration. Inter sollicitudines.
Concurrent letters to the convent—Hodie electionem; to Henry king of England—Gratie divine; and to the above abbot James granting him faculty to be blessed by any catholic bishop, who shall thereafter receive from him the usual oath of fealty according to the form enclosed, to be sent to the pope by abbot James, by his letters patent sealed with his seal. (fn. 3) Cum nos nuper. (M. Ferrarrii. | xvi. xvi. xvi. xvi. A. Lumpe. Jo. de Camerino. Fabricius. Constantinus. Je. de Sala.) [In the margin: Decembris. 22/3 pp. See Fœdera and Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1452–1461, p. 388.]
15 Kal. Jan.
(18 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 130.)
To Thomas de Forsych (rectius Forsyth), a canon of Glasgow. Collation and provision of a canonry of Glasgow and the prebend called ‘de Glasgu primo’ therein, value not exceeding 40l. sterling, which became void and therefore ipso facto reserved to the pope, in accordance with the pope's general reservation of all benefices of continual commensal members of the household of cardinals, by the death of Adam de Athinlec (rectius Achinlec), a continual commensal member of the household of William cardinal priest of St. Martin's in Montibus, [called the cardinal] of Rouen, in ignorance perhaps of which [general] reservation, Andrew bishop of Glasgow made collation and provision to the said Thomas, who under pretext thereof obtained possession, but has taken none of the fruits; with mandate executory hereby to the abbot of Paisley (de Paslito) in the diocese of Glasgow and the chancellors of Chartres and Dunkeld to induct him. Vite etc. (M. Ferrarii. | xxxxv. Jo. de Vulterris. Decembris. (fn. 4) D. de Piscia.) [22/3 pp.]
Prid. Id. March.
(14 March.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 207d.) (fn. 5)
To the bishops of Lincoln, Worcester and Hereford. Mandate etc., as below. The recent petition of William bishop of Winchester contained that King Henry III. founded and endowed without the east gate and within the precinct or territory of the university and town of Oxford (fn. 6) a certain hospital commonly called the hospital of St. John Baptist, of a master or warden and a certain number of brethren of the order of St. Augustine, living in common according to the foundation arrangement of the said place, and ordained that the master or warden for the time being should be elected from the members (de gremio) and by the brethren of the said hospital, ordaining also that the person thus elected may and shall without asking or awaiting the confirmation admission or institution of any ordinary or of any other, but only by the consent and authority of the king for the time being, receive the rule and administration, which foundation and arrangement have been from time immemorial observed and confirmed by the apostolic see. The said petition added that the said hospital is not governed in accordance with the said original foundation, that the number of brethren is not kept up, that its fruits are not used for the poor as the said king ordained, that the master or warden and brethren do not live according to the rule of the said order and do not observe hospitality, wherefore the said bishop, with consent of Henry king of England and Richard now warden or master, proposes to found in the place of the said hospital a new college (fn. 7) of scholars for a president and secular clerks and other ministers, who shall serve God therein and study theology and philosophy, and some of whom shall in perpetuity at the expense of the college lecture to and teach publicly, freely and without taking any fee or salary, all who wish to study theology and philosophy, and proposes to make wholesome statutes and ordinances, provided that the said hospital and order etc. be utterly suppressed and that the hospital itself with all its annexes and privileges etc., rights and appurtenances be united and applied in perpetuity to the said college for the use of the president and masters, scholars and servants therein, and that licence be granted by the said see to the said bishop to found the said college and to make such arrangement. At the petition therefore of the said bishop, who alleges that both the said king and the present master or warden of the said hospital consent, that [neither] the bishop of Lincoln nor any other has any right to interfere with the rule and administration of the hospital, as is said to be more fully contained in the foundation and the confirmation thereof by the said see, the tenours of both of which the pope wills to be held as expressed, as if they were inserted verbatim in these presents, the pope hereby gives commission and mandate to the above three to inform themselves, and if they find the facts to be as stated, to grant to the said bishop licence to found the said college, with statutes and ordinances, and gives them commission and mandate, after suppressing the said hospital, order etc., to unite and appropriate etc. in perpetuity, with consent of the said king and warden or master, the said hospital with its annexes and all its rights and appurtenances, privileges etc., to the said college, in accordance with the arrangement to be made by the said bishop, as above, so that it shall be lawful for the president and rector of the said college for the time being to take possession of the said hospital and annexes, and to convert and retain for ever the fruits etc. thereof, the value of which the pope has likewise willed to be expressed by these presents, to the uses etc. of the said college etc. Further, in order that the foregoing may the more quickly take effect, the pope grants faculty to the above three to receive and admit the said master's resignation or cession for this turn only, and thereupon to approve and confirm all that the said bishop shall do and ordain in regard to the said college and its government, etc., decreeing the suppression of the hospital and its union and appropriation etc. to have taken effect, and to dispense Richard Wyse (who by a papal dispensation holds together with the said hospital the parish church of Falegh in the diocese of Winchester, the value of which the pope holds to be expressed by these presents) after he has resigned the hospital, to receive and retain for life together with the said church of Falegh any other benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if another parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and to dispense each of the brethren of the hospital, who are four in number over and above the said master, and are of the said order, namely, John Selam, John Vobe, Walter Rede and Robert Heyes, priests, to receive and retain for life any similar benefice with or without cure, even if a parish church or its perpetual vicarage, and to dispense all five to resign their said benefices, simply or for exchange, as often as they please, etc. In superne dignitatis apice. (M. Ferrarii. | clx. Constantinus.) [In the margin: Januarii. 4½ pp. See Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1452–1461, p. 343.]

4 Calixtus III

12 Kal. May.
(20 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 302d)
To the bishop of Ely and Exeter and the abbot of Dore in the diocese of Hereford. Mandate (it having been reported to the pope that Prospero cardinal deacon of St. George's in Velabro transmitted to England certain letters of citation decreed by Master Gaspar de Teramo, a papal chaplain and auditor of causes of the apostolic palace, in a cause between the said cardinal and the son of ingratitude John Lax, clerk, of the diocese of Dublin, about a certain canonry and prebend of York; and that upon the sub-delegate's executing the said letters, the said John contrived the arrest of the said sub-delegate and of the notary employed, although, hearing thereof, they escaped, whereby they suffered grave injury; and that, not content with the foregoing, he has obtained an order by royal authority to Vincent Clementis, collector of the camera in England, not to present or cause to be presented such apostolic mandates in future, to the contempt of the pope and the apostolic see and the scandal of many (fn. 8) ), to summon the said John Lax and, proceeding summarily etc., to inform themselves about the foregoing, and if they find the facts to be so, to declare the said John Lax (fn. 9) to have incurred sentence of excommunication and anathema, cause him to be publicly proclaimed excommunicate and anathematized where and when they think expedient, and to be strictly avoided by all, and moreover, in order that he may not glory in his wickedness, but be rather an example to others, to deprive him of all his benefices with and without cure, and remove him therefrom. Si ad reprimendas. (M. Ferrarii. | Jo. Orticius. de Curia.) [2 pp.]


  • 1. On the back of the volume is the usual modern label, with ‘Calix iii. de Cur. An. iii., Tom. xvi.’ Inside it is the usual front half of the original sheepskin binding, with several contemporary notes, e.g. ‘xvi. de Curia domini [nostri domini Calisti pape tertii],’ etc. There are some 17 pages of ‘Rubricelle,’ headed ‘Secuntur Rubricelle sextidecimi libri de Curia sanctissimi domini nostri domini Calisti pape iii., incepte de mense Martii mcccclviii.’ There are ff. i.-cccxviiii. + 320 of text.
  • 2. Provisionis nostreHinc est quod nos tenorem quarundam litterarum felicis recordacionis Eugenii pape iiii. predecessoris nostri in Registro ipsius repertum pro eo quod, sicut tua peticio nobis nuper exhibita continebat, predicte originales littere ut times perdite sunt, de Registro ipsius de verbo ad verbum transcribi et ad tue supplicationis instanciam presentibus annotari fecimus, qui talis est:Eugenius ….’ In the margin is the note: ‘Non detur copia de inserta bulla donec reperta fuerit in Registro.’
  • 3. Formam autem juramenti quod te prestare contigerit nobis de verbo ad verbum per tuas patentes litteras tuo sigillo signatas per proprium nuntium quamtotius destinare procures (? rectius procuret).
  • 4. MS. Jo. de Vuldecembristerris: i.e. the month, instead of being in the margin as usual, is embodied in the name Jo. de Vulterris.
  • 5. On ff. 259d.–261r. under date St. Peter's, Rome, 1458, 3 Kal. April anno 3, is the usual bull of ‘Cena domini’ (described in the ‘Rubricelle’ as ‘Excommunicacio in dic Jovis sancta’) with the usual mention of the ‘Wiclefiste’ amongst the heretics excommunicated generally.
  • 6. extra portam orientalem et infra precinctum seu territorium studii ac opidi Exonien. (sic) Lincolinen (sic) dioc.
  • 7. in loco hospitalis huiusmodi unum collegium scolariumde bonis sibi a deo collatis de novo fundare proponit.
  • 8. prefatus Johannes opem [et] operam efficaces adhibuit et procuravit quod idem subdelegatus simul cum notario ad hoc requisito carceribus manciparentur, licet ipse subdelegatus et notarius hoc sencientes exinde fugam arripuerunt, et propterea gravia damna sustinuerunt, et premissis non contentus dilecto filio Vincencio Clementis subdiacono nostro ac generali fructuum et proventuum camere apostolice debitorum in Anglia collectori mandari procuravit regia auctoritate ne de cetero in regno predicto mandata apostolica huiusmodi presentet seu faciat presentari alicui, in nostrum et sedis apostolice contemptum, et perniciosum enxemplum (sic) et scandalum plurimorum.
  • 9. vocato dicto Johanne Lax, summarie simpliciter et de plano sine strepitu et figura justicie sola facti verita[te] inspecta, absque ulla terminorum substancialium observacione, super premissis diligentem informacionem auctoritate nostra recipiatis.