Vatican Regesta 668: 1475-1478

Pages 239-242

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. DCLXVIII.

Liber Nonus Bullarum Diversarum.

4 Sixtus IV.

15 Kal. Mar.
(15 Feb.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 91r.)
To John Barre, clerk, of the diocese of Brechin, M.A. Dispensation to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if dignities, major or principal, and elective, etc., and to resign or exchange them, etc. Litterarum scientia, vite etc. (Gratis pro deo. In the margin: Junij.) [2 pp. +.]

5 Sixtus IV.

17 Kal. Jan.
(16 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 154r.)
To Robert Wanflett, a canon of St. Botolph's (Sancti Botulfi), O.S.A., in the diocese of London. Dispensation for him (who was lately dispensed by papal authority to receive and retain for life any two benefices with cure wont to be held by secular clerks, even if parish churches, etc., and to resign or exchange them, after which he obtained by canonical collation the parish church of St. Peter at Sandwich (fn. 1) and the perpetual vicarage of Mynster in the Isle of Thanet, (fn. 2) in the diocese of Canterbury), to receive and retain an abbatial or other dignity, even conventual, etc., and govern the same, retain therewith for life in commendam the said church and vicarage, and resign or exchange them, etc.; with indult not to be bound for life to reside at the said church or vicarage, or in other benefices, etc. Religionis zelus, vite etc. (In the margin: Maij.) [3 pp.]
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
(f. 184r.) (fn. 3)
Confirmation of all indulgences and remissions of sins, provided they be not plenary, granted by popes and others with authority, to those who visit the chapel of the Order (fn. 4) of the Garter, founded and endowed by the kings of England in honour and under the invocation of St. Mary the Virgin and SS. George the Martyr and Edward the Confessor in the castle royal of Windsor, and held in special devotion by Frederick, duke of Urbino and gonfalonier of the troops in the pope's service, who has been recently admitted into the said Order by Edward king of England and the other members of the Order (into which others than kings or those of royal blood are not easily admitted), and whose helm, shield and the rest of his knightly and other insignia have been placed near those of the said king, of Ferdinand king of Sicily, and of other kings and dukes, members of the Order; with plenary indulgence hereby to all who, being penitent and having confessed, visit the said chapel on the feast of the Assumption, from the first vespers till sunset on that day, for two years from the expiration of the time of the Jubilee indulgence newly (fn. 5) granted by the pope in the said realm, and, after the expiration of the said two years, pardon and remission of a fourth part of penance for all their sins, and faculty for the dean of the said chapel and the priests chosen by him, secular or religious, to hear the confessions of those who resort thither on the said feast and the four days before it for the purpose of gaining the said indulgence, and grant them absolution for their sins, except in cases reserved to the apostolic see, during the said two years, and, on their expiration, to do likewise in the same cases, enjoining penance, and commute their vows, except those of chastity, religion, and visits to the Lord's sepulchre, the shrines of the Apostles [Peter and Paul, at Rome] and St. James in Compostella, the present letters to hold good in perpetuity. Universis ChristifidelibusLicet is. [11/5 pp. See above p. 8 and Nicolas, History of the Orders of Knighthood, Vol. 1, p. 95, and also Wm. A. Shaw, The Knights of England, Vol. 1, p. 16.]

4 Sixtus IV.

4 Id. July.
(12 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 332v.)
To William Oliphant, a canon of Dunkeld, M.A. Motu proprio provision and collation to him, who is by both parents of noble birth, and is well-beloved of James, king of Scots, of a canonry of Dunkeld, with reservation to the pope's gift, for collation to him, of a prebend and dignity, etc., thereof, and of a secular benefice with or without cure, even if an elective dignity (not major nor principal), etc., value [25] marks of silver if with cure or a dignity or a personatus, [or] 18 [if not] (fn. 6); in the gift, etc. of the archbishop and the prior and chapter, etc. of St. Andrews; with mandate executory hereby, also motu proprio, to the archbishop of Patras (Patracen.), and the bishop of Aleria (Alerien.), and the official of Dunkeld, and motu proprio dispensation for him to hold for life three incompatible benefices, not more than two of them being parish churches, etc. The present letters are to hold good as if they had been granted under date Kal. Jan. anno 1 (1 Jan. 1471/2). Nobilitas generis, litterarum etc. (In the margin: Aug.) [7 pp.]

7 Sixtus IV.

16 Kal. May.
(16 April.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 436v.)
Monition, etc., as below. The recent petition of Richard Heron, layman, of the diocese of London, a member of the pope's household, contained that although the late Alfonsus, comte de Denia, donsel, of the diocese of Valencia (Valentinen.), Florimundus, lord of the place de Lasparre, (fn. 7) John Despremont, (fn. 8) vicomte Dort [i.e. d'Ort], and Poncius, lord de Castillone in Gascony (Vasconia), borrowed from the late (quo[n]dam) John Shakel, layman, of [the said diocese of] London, and from other persons on his behalf, (fn. 9) first 100,000 old florins of Aragon, of good and just weight, and afterwards other 100,000 like florins, and subsequently 14,000 francs of gold, at the rate of 40d. sterling to the franc, and finally 19,000 francs of gold of good and just weight, of the mint and money of the late John, king of France, and 6, 145 marks of silver, and several other sums of money, and in the conventual church of St. Peter, Westminster, bound themselves and their heirs and executors etc., together with their goods, to repay the said sums to the said John Shakel and his heirs etc. within a specified time now long elapsed, under great penalties payable to the papal Camera, to wit, to the amount of 60,000 ducats, and other penalties, and submitted themselves to the jurisdiction and coercion of the apostolic see and its chamberlain, etc., and also to the execution of the petty seal of Montpellier, (fn. 10) so that without their being cited, and without confession of the debt, etc., but by the mere exhibition of the instruments drawn up in that behalf, they could be compelled to pay, as if a definitive sentence had been delivered, from which there could be no appeal, etc., taking an oath to observe the foregoing on the Gospels in the presence of the priest celebrating mass, as is more fully contained in certain bonds and public instruments drawn up in that behalf; that the said principal debtors Alfonsus, Florimundus, John Daspremont and Poncius, and after their death their heirs and executors, etc., were requested on behalf of the said John Shakel, and after his death on behalf of his heirs and successors, and finally on behalf of the said Richard (to whom Peter Richardi, layman, of the said diocese of London, the last successor of the said John Shakel, ceded the said rights) to pay the said sums, but have not done so, to the great prejudice and injury of the said Richard Shakel and his successors, and of the said Richard Heron. At the said petition, therefore, of the said Richard Heron, who is also an honorary esquire of the pope [above p. 209], and who has no hope of obtaining justice in the parts in which the persons so bound dwell, the pope, who has been informed of the foregoing facts, which are so notorious, alike in those parts and in the Roman court, that they cannot be concealed, hereby warns all the heirs etc. of the said principal debtors, and all others who are bound to pay the aforesaid sums, to make within thirty days from these presents coming to their knowledge satisfaction to the said Richard or his heirs etc. in respect of the said sums, with damages and costs caused by the delay in payment, etc.; under various penalties (personal and territorial interdict, etc., suspension, deprivation of benefices or fiefs, honours, etc., disability to hold the same or make a will, etc., eternal malediction, public denunciation as excommunicate at divine service, with ringing of bells, burning of candles and casting them to the ground, with the banner of the Cross and throwing of three stones, (fn. 11) etc., and avoidance by all Christians); with exhortation to the archbishop of Canterbury, primate of the [whole] realm of England, and the archbishop of York, (fn. 12) and all other bishops, prelates, princes, etc., under pain of interdict, etc., to assist the said Richard, etc., and mandate executory to the archbishop of Patras, the bishop of Tournai, and the abbot of St. Peter's, Westminster. Ad fut. rei mem. Solicitudo pastoralis officii. (In the margin: Aprilis and Monitorium penale pro Richardo Heron). [9 pp. See Cal. Close Rolls, 1374–7, p. 337.]


  • 1. apud Sandwicum.
  • 2. in Insula Athanatos [sic].
  • 3. On f. 303r., under date 1477. 4 Kal. Aug. (29 July) anno 6, is a dispensation for a citizen of Cologne to marry Margaret, daughter of the late Peter Meysers, layman, a girl (puella) in or about her eleventh year, of the diocese of Cologne, whose said father died in England.
  • 4. collegii.
  • 5. noviter.
  • 6. i.e. assuming that there is an omission in the text.
  • 7. recte Lesparre.
  • 8. recte Daspremont, as further on in the bull, i.e. D'Aspremont.
  • 9. et nonnullis aliis personis pro ipso Johanne Shakel.
  • 10. rigorose quoque execucioni parvi sigilli Montispessulani.
  • 11. cum vexillo Crucis ac trium lapidum proiectione.
  • 12. Without the title of primate of England.