Vatican Regesta 613: 1480-1481

Pages 106-107

Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 13, 1471-1484. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.

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Vatican Regesta, Vol. DCXIII.

9 Sixtus IV.

6 Id. June.
(8 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 106v.)
To William Olephant, precentor (cantori) of Moray. Collation and provision of the said precentorship (cantoria), a non-major dignity with cure, value 60l. sterling, void by the death without the Roman court of Thomas Vaus, or in whatsoever other way it be void, even if it be reserved to the pope's gift because, as is alleged, the said Thomas was an acolyte of the pope and the apostolic see, or a continual commensal member of the household of a deceased cardinal, etc.; with mandate executory hereby to the archbishop of Patras, the bishop of Orte, and the official of Moray. Vite etc. (In the margin: Sep.) [2¾ pp.]

11 Sixtus IV.

3 Kal. Oct.
(29 Sept.)
Bracciano in the
diocese of Sutri. (fn. 1)
(f. 117r.)
To Richard Lessi, clerk, of the diocese of York. Absolution, at the petition of Edward, king of England (who alleges that he is a counsellor of Cecily, duchess of York, the king's mother), and at his own petition, with dispensation to be promoted to the priesthood, and to minister therein and in his other orders, even in the ministry of the altar, notwithstanding bigamy and irregularity contracted by marrying a certain woman and obtaining a divorce from her upon learning that she had another husband, and by having himself, without any dispensation on account of the bigamy thus contracted, promoted to the orders of subdeacon and deacon, and by ministering therein, although in ignorance and not in contempt of the Keys, thereby contracting irregularity. Sedes apostolica pia mater. (In the margin: Sep.) [1½ pp.]
(f. 158r.)
To Richard Lessi, clerk, of the diocese of Lincoln. (fn. 2) Absolution on account of having himself promoted, and ministering in his orders, as in the preceding; with dispensation on account of irregularity arising from his bigamy and ministration, dispensation to be promoted to the priesthood and minister therein and in his other orders, even in the ministry of the altar, and rehabilitation. He is to do penance on account of the said ministration. (fn. 3)Sedes apostolica pia mater. (In the margin: ‘Oct.,’ and Dupplicata per A. de Muciarellis.) [12/3 pp.]

10 Sixtus IV.

8 Id. July.
(8 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 288v.)
To Elizabeth, abbess of the monastery of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Ethelfleda, Ramsey, O.S.B., in the diocese of Winchester. Indult to her (who has recently allowed herself to be carnally known, whereby she fears that she is pregnant, (fn. 4) and who is of a race of barons) that the confessor of her choice may, once only, absolve her from the said lapse of the flesh and crime of incontinence and from any sentence of excommunication incurred, etc., enjoin penance, and rehabilitate her; with inhibition to the bishop of Winchester and any other judges to proceed against her after such absolution etc., and grant that she may give corrodies under the seal of the convent, like other abbesses. Romani pontificis. (In the margin: Jul.) [2⅓ pp.]


  • 1. Datum Brachiani Sutrin. dioc. [anno etc. mcccclxxxi] tertio Kal. Octobris pontificatus nostri anno undecimo i.e. the date is incomplete.
  • 2. Eboracen. cancelled, and in the margin: Lincolnien., B. [de Spello], Correctum in duplicata de mandato domini nostri pape.
  • 3. The foregoing duplicate bull is fuller than the bull registered on f. 117r, which does not include the penance.
  • 4. te carnaliter cognosci permisisti ex quo dubitas gravidam esse et conceptum in utero habere.