Vatican Regesta 550: 1479

Pages 6-10

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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Bullarum Secretarum Tom. V. Perl. Trapezuntium Secretarium Secretum Et Domesticum.

8 Sixtus IV.

Kal. June.
(1 June.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 34d.)
To Robert Bothe, dean of York, doctor of laws. Decree, as below. Paul II ordered him to be dispensed, notwithstanding his illegitimacy as the son of a married nobleman and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all, even holy orders and hold, resign or exchange any compatible benefices, of any number and kind, with or without cure. Upon its being set forth on his behalf to the present pope that he was the son, not of a married, but of an unmarried nobleman, and that he feared lest the said dispensation (to the execution of which the judge appointed had proceeded) might be held surreptitious, etc., the pope granted to him that it should hold good, as if it had not contained the said error. Afterwards the pope dispensed him (he having been made a clerk, and holding in virtue of the said dispensation the parish church of St. Matthew, Ipswich (in Gipwico), in the diocese of Norwich) to hold for life with that church any other benefice, or if he resigned that church any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, even if, etc., and to resign or exchange them as often as he pleased. The pope having learned that without the said letters of Paul II having been presented to the said executor, and without any proceedings having been taken to have them executed, Robert had himself made a clerk and promoted to all, even holy and priest's orders, and obtained the deanery of York, a major elective dignity with cure, and (having resigned St. Matthew's) obtained the parish church of Bodon Magna in the diocese of Lincoln, and other benefices, even incompatible, in virtue of the said dispensations, and that he doubts the validity of such collations and of the said letters of pope Paul and the present pope, the pope hereby, motu proprio, decrees that the said collations, dispensations, ordinations, etc. shall hold good, as if he had presented the letters of pope Paul to the said executor, and as if the latter had proceeded to execute them, etc. Litterarum sciencia, vite ac morum. [3¾ pp.]
Id. July.
(15 July.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 53r.)
To Hugh Spaldyng, a brother of the Lazar house or hospital of Burton, in the diocese of Lincoln. (fn. 1) Confirmation, etc., as below. His recent petition contained that Thomas, bishop of London, the patron, made him collation of the parish church of Duddinghurst in his diocese, he being a brother of the above house, but acting as and reputed to be a secular priest, and having been dispensed by Nicholas V to hold for life, and to resign or exchange any secular benefice with or without cure [Cal. Papal Lett., vol. X, p. 72], in virtue of which he obtained and holds the said church. At his said petition (adding that although he had been thus dispensed to hold a secular benefice, nevertheless, inasmuch as the said collation was made to him as a secular priest, and wearing the habit of a secular priest, he is under sentences of apostasy, etc. by the said Order [of St. Lazarus], wherefore he fears lest the said collation etc. are invalid and null and void), the pope hereby confirms the said collation etc., absolves him (who has held the said church for between three and five years, and has received therefrom altogether about 40 gold ducats of the Camera) from such apostasy etc., grants, motu proprio, that the said collation etc. shall hold good, so that he may retain the said church for life, and grants him dispensation to hold for life with the said church, and to resign or exchange, any other benefice with or without cure, wont to be governed by secular clerks, and indult to wear henceforth for life the habit of the said Order beneath a becoming mantle or priestly vestment of a becoming colour, (fn. 2) without incurring apostasy, etc. Religionis zelus, vite etc. [3 pp.]
17 Kal. Sept.
(16 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 88r.)
Plenary indulgence, as below. The pope lately confirmed all indulgences and remissions of sins (provided that they were not plenary) granted by his predecessors and by others with authority to those who visit the chapel of the college of the Garter in the castle royal of Windsor, dedicated to the Mother of God and SS. George the Martyr and Edward the confessor, to which chapel Frederic, duke of Urbino and gonfalonier of the forces of the pope and the Roman church (who has been received as a member of the said College by king Edward and other kings, dukes and princes, the members thereof, and whose helm (galea), shield and the rest of his knightly and other insignia have been honourably placed near the insignia of king Edward, Ferdinand king of Sicily, also a member of the said College, and the said other kings and dukes, members aforesaid) has a special devotion, and to which, as the pope had learned, the faithful of those parts resorted in great numbers; and granted at the same time a plenary indulgence of all sins to those who, being penitent and having confessed, yearly visited, during the two years beginning at the expiry of the indulgence of the Jubilee in England, the said chapel on the Assumption of St. Mary the Virgin from the first vespers till sunset, and an indulgence of a fourth part only of all their sins to those who did so after the lapse of the said two years; with faculty for the dean and the priests appointed by him, secular or religious, to hear confessions, etc. on the said feast day and the four days immediately before it, and to commute certain vows. It having been recently set forth to the pope by the said duke Frederic that the end of the said two years is at hand, the pope hereby grants to those who annually visit, as above, on the Nativity of the same Virgin and on the feasts of SS. George and Edward, not only the aforesaid indulgence of a fourth part, but also a plenary indulgence. Ad perp. rei mem. (Gratis de mandato sanctissimi domini nostri pape.) [2 pp.]
14 Kal. Sept.
(19 Aug.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 93d.)
To Edward, king of England, and Elizabeth his consort, queen of England. Licence—in accordance with their desire to visit as pilgrims the Carthusian house of Shene in the diocese of Winchester (founded by their predecessors, and by themselves still further endowed), the church thereof, and a certain chapel separate from the choir of the said church, (fn. 3) and to be present at divine offices in the said chapel,—for them and their heirs and kindred, of both sexes, to enter in perpetuity the said house, church and chaple, be present in the said chapel at mass, even high mass, (fn. 4) vespers and other canonical hours, and visit, when the brethren are absent and enclosed in their cells, other pious places of the said house and church. Sedis apostolice circumspecta benignitas. [1 p.]

9 Sixtus IV.

Id. Sept.
(13 Sept.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 99r.)
To Walter Felde, rector called provost of the church, called the chapel, of St. Elizabeth near the walls of Winchester, master in theology. Grant, etc., as below. The pope has granted him an indult to take for life the fruits of his benefices whilst residing in one of them, or in the Roman court, or in an university. At his recent petition, containing that he expects to reside in the court of king Edward, and often to preach, (fn. 5) the pope grants that he may take the said fruits for life whilst residing in the court of the king or other prince, or engaged in their service or that of a cardinal or of prelates, or whilst preaching in any place soever; with indult to let or grant them to farm, by periods of five years. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. [22/3 pp.]
(f. 100d.)
Confirmation, motu proprio, of the privileges of the university of Oxford, especially of the exemption granted by Boniface VIII (at the petition of the chancellor, masters, doctors and scholars) of resident scholars etc., subject to the jurisdiction of the chancellor, from all jurisdiction of any archbishops, even legati nati, and of bishops and other judges ordinary, as far as regarded the cognisance of contracts entered upon (fn. 6) and the punishment of crimes etc. committed within the bounds of the university, except in cases of homicide, mutilation and free tenement, etc. Ad perp. rei mem. Sedis apostolice rectitudo. [3¾ pp.]
Kal. Oct.
(1 Oct.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 127d.)
To James Standley, clerk, of the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield. Dispensation to him, who is less than fourteen years old and of noble birth, that as soon as he has completed his fourteenth year he may receive and retain in administrationem until he reaches the lawful age, and thereafter retain in titulum, a major etc. cathedral or collegiate dignity etc., even elective and with cure, or any benefice with cure, even if a parish church, etc., and to resign or exchange it, etc.; the cure of souls etc. not being neglected. Nobilitas generis. [1½ pp.]
Id. Dec.
(13 Dec.)
St. Peter's, Rome.
(f. 280d.)
To Thomas Ian', rector of the parish church of Hese in the diocese of London. Dispensation, as below. He has been successively dispensed by papal authority, (i) to hold for life with the parish church of Borsted Parva, in the said diocese, one other benefice or without that church any two other benefices with cure or otherwise incompatible, etc., (ii) (after he had resigned the said church and had obtained the perpetual vicarage of Pretyrwell’ and a chapel or chantry of the church of SS. Mary and Thomas the Martyr in the island of Fowlnes in the same diocese, which is an incompatible benefice and requires personal residence) to hold for life with the said vicarage and chapel or chantry any third benefice with cure or otherwise incompatible, and to resign or exchange it, etc., provided that he did not hold more than two parish churches, etc., The pope now dispenses him, who is official of the bishop of London, has resigned the said vicarage and chapel, and holds the above church of Hest, and the perpetual vicarage of Asshwell, in the diocese of Lincoln, (fn. 7) to hold for life any third parish church or perpetual vicarage, and to resign or exchange it as often as he pleases, etc. Litterarum sciencia, vite etc. [3 pp.]


  • 1. ’Londonien.’ in the rubricelle of the volume, with ‘Epaldyng’ as an additional error.
  • 2. sub honesto mantello seu veste presbyterali decenti[s] coloris.
  • 3. necnon illius ecclesiam et quandam capellam seorsum a choro ipsius ecclesie sitam.
  • 4. misse etiam maiori.
  • 5. Cum autem sicutpetitio continebat tuu carissimo in Christo filio Edwardo Anglie rege [sic] christianissimo ad residendum in curia sua et sibi continue assistendum prestoleris, et interdum speres etiam ad plurium petitionem predicationi verbi dei sepius vacare debere
  • 6. quo ad contractuum initorum vel quasi.
  • 7. parrochialem ecclesiam de Hest prefatam (? recte prefate [sc. diocesis]) necnon perpetuam vicariam parrochialis ecclesie de AsshwellLincolniensis diocesis