The College of Minor Canons: Confirmation of privileges by Henry VII, 1486-7

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Registrum Statutorum et Consuetudinum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Sancti Pauli Londiniensis. Originally published by Nichols and Sons, London, 1873.

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Henricus, Dei gracia Rex Anglie et Francie et Dominus Hibernie, omnibus ad quos presentes littere prevenerint, Salutem. Inspeximus litteras patentes Domini Edwardi nuper Regis Anglie quarti de concessione factas in hec verba:—

Edwardus. (fn. 2)

Nos autem litteras predictas ac omnia et singula in eisdem contenta rata habentes et grata, ea pro nobis et heredibus nostris, quantum in nobis est, acceptamus et approbamus, ac dilectis nobis in Christo Georgio Horne, nunc Custodi, et Canonicis Collegii predicti et successoribus suis ratificamus et confirmamus, prout littere predicte racionabiliter testantur.

In cujus rei testimonium has litteras nostras fieri fecimus patentes. Teste Meipso apud Knoll, sexto die Marcii, anno regni nostri secundo. (fn. 3)


Examinatum per Johannem Yong et Willielmum Porter Clericos.

Exhibite in Visitacione Regis Edwardi Sexti quinto Augusti, Anno 1547,
Jo. LYLLY, Registrarius.


  • 1. Printed from the original preserved amongst the Archives of the Minor Canons.
  • 2. The charter here recites the whole of the licence of Edward IV. printed supra, p. 365.
  • 3. This confirmation retains great part of its seal, and the silken cord woven with threads of gold by which it is still attached. The initial illuminated letter contains what may well be taken for a portrait of the King himself, a nearly full-length figure, holding in his left hand the sceptre, and in his right the orb. Four other delicately-finished miniatures adorn the head-line of the Charter: representing the Virgin and Child; S. Paul, with book and sword; a king, with sword and orb, probably Ethelbert; and a Bishop with a crozier, probably S. Erkenwald. The following coats of arms adorn the head-line and margins: 1. Gules, two swords in saltire azure, pommels or. The arms of the Diocese of London. 2. Gules, a saltire or between two crowns in pale, and as many mitres in fess, of the second. 3. Argent, seven mascles, 3, 3, and 1, in a border gules, Braybrook. 4. In a bordure engrailed argent, quarterly, 1st and 4th, Gules, a lion rampant or, Arundel; 2nd and 3rd, Checky or and azure, Warren. 5. The Royal arms, France and England quarterly. 6. France and England, quarterly, impaling the arms of Anne of Bohemia, consort of Richard II., quarterly, 1st and 4th, Or an eagle displayed sable, Germany; 2nd and 3rd, Gules, a lion rampant argent, Bohemia; with the motto, "Dieu et mon droit."