Religion Miscellany 1341-1350

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  • M1342 A: Yorkshire. Simon, bishop of Ely (qui tam) v. Master Richard de Cestre canon in the church of Blessed Peter, York, guardian of the spiritualities of the archbishopricof York. John le Smale prebendary of the prebend of Stodley in the collegiate church of Ripon was supposed to pay the bishop two installments of 140 ps. each in 1339 and 1340 as recorded in the chancery. He did not, so the king ordered the guardian to levy from John's ecclesiastical goods in the diocese of York. The guardian took the writs and contemptably threw them away, and refused to open or execute them. [1] rcp


  • T1343 A: William Pardoner. [2] rcp
  • T1343 B: Buckinghamshire. Presentment that Ravinonus procurator of the archdeacon of Buckinghamshire commonly took for the acquittance of a will sometimes 2s, sometimes 40d to the use of the archdeacon by color of his office by extortion. Superseded because of the king's agreement in parliament. [3] rcp
  • T1343 C: Norfolk. Similar supersedeas for prosecuted Norfolk officials: Master Simon de Cleye lately official of the archdeacon of Norfolk, Roger Pecke chaplain, Roger Pecke parson of Titilsale commissary of William archdeacon of Norwich, Roger Pecke parson of Titilsale late commissary of Master William de Norwich late archdeacon of Norfolk, and Thomas Hoge chaplain. [4] rcp
  • M1343 A: Yorkshire. Presentment that William de Popelton parson of Harewood assaulted William son of Roger de Ryvyle at Bishopsthorpe in 12 Edward III and then had him cited to appear before the archbishop at Kawode and there compelled him with force to swear on the gospels that he would not prosecute further concerning that trespass. [5] rcp


  • M1344 A: Berkshire. Jury summons as to whether in 1 Edward III Hugh de Colnham of Abingdon burnt the houses of the abbot of Abingdon at Abingdon: 6 "Newhouses" and other houses, church ornaments, boks, chalices, vestments, other church vessels, 40 horses etc worth 1050 p.s. [6] rcp


  • E1345 A: Enforcement of grant of cessation of processes against ecclesiastics for extortion and excesses according to royal grant at the request of the bishops. [7] rcp
  • M1345 A: Yorkshire. Reform of the Hospital of St Mary Magdalene during the vacancy of the archbishopric. [8] rcp


  • H1346 A: Suffolk. Rex v. William son of William Dannay de Carlell. Indicted that in 1345 he broke into the church of Wolverton and stole a book called Porthors, a gilded silver chalice and vestments and ornaments of the church worth 40s. [9] rcp
  • E1346 A: Devon. William de Wyke v. Richard de Gummeshale, Benedict de Paston, John de Clifford, Geoffrey Chaumberleyn and William Hervy together with John, bishop of Exeter, John fitz John atte Wode, William Recombe, John Fynamour, Richard de Gatepathe sr, Richard de Coppethull, John de Stouterre, Michael de Aysheleye, John son of Walter Horriggter, Richard de Gatepathe jr, John de Blakalre, William de Holcombe, Peter de Clifford, and John Stikke. Trespass assault (attachment). [10] rcp And same defendants sued likewise by Robert de Kirkham: margination Dorset. [11] and by Elias Wilde: margination Devon, same reference.
  • T1346 A: Suffolk. Rex v. Wiliam son of Alan de Skechale chaplain: that he maliciously vexed Walter de Cowe in court Christian and made him to be excommunicated in 1345 without warrant and process. [12] rcp
  • T1346 B: Suffolk. Rex v. John de Knapton late official of the archdeacon of Suffolk. He unjustly vexed Alice wife of Nicholas Savage de Bliburgh and Matilda Puddyng in court Christian so that they could not have their correction for a long time until they made fine with John for 20s. [13] rcp
  • M1346 A: Norfolk. Rex v. Roger Peck corrector of William, bishop of Norwich. Presented that he vexed Thomas de Mantiston in 1345 before him for 2s of annual rent issuing from Thomas's free tenement from chapter to chapter and excommunicated him and detained him excommunicated until Thomas by oath obligated himself to two rectors of the church of North Tuddenham and their successors in perpetuity that he would pay the annual rent under a penalty of 100s of silver to the alms of the bishop of Norwich. Peck thus assumed to himself cognizance of lay fee and thus usurped on the crown of the king. [14] rcp
  • M1346 B: Suffolk. Rex v. Roger Pecke commissary and corrector of the bishop of Norwich. He summoned John le Bret before him at the church of St Margaret in Ipswich and sat at a different place and thus excommunicated him maliciously. [15], [16] rcp


E1347 A: Cornwall. William de la Pomeray parson of Larihorn v. John son of Thomas Lercedekne sr knight, John son of the same John, John Came sr, John Restaurek, John Trechevel, John Bodennek, John Sturioun, Beatrice Salmon, John Mareys, Phillip Kern, John Simon, John Wygan, John Logy, John Kerglous, Phillip Penhale, William Tarprel, Phillip Melowe, Phillip Cullowe, Richard Roulyn, Geoffrey Pean, John Geffrey, Jone Geffray, John Kary, Ranulph Jagy, Pascal Penwyn, John Procurator, Rose Chaban, Joan Wynnys, Bononya Laury, Dionisia Doby, Joan Goary, John Serbon, John Bras, William Trenesau, Phillip Trenewogan, William Glynyan, John Glynyan, Lawrence Glynyan, James atte Parce, Robert Jagy, William Tresympel, Thomas Trelast, and Odo de Wodham Ferers. Trespass taking of goods worth 100 p.s. at plaintiff's house in Larihorn. In Michaelmas 1348 the jury found all the defendants guilty except Cave, at damages of 10 p.s. [17], [18] rcp

  • T1347 A: Wiltshire. Presentment about the wrongs done to William de Aston chaplain by John Rikeman and others to drop his suit in court Christian to obtain the subdeaconry of Salisbury. [19] rcp
  • T1347 B: Oxfordshhire. Rex v. Master Peter de Notingham rector of the church of St Michael at the North Gate of Oxford. Jury summons to answer if he on February 3 1347 impeded Master William de Aldebury official of the archdeaconry and farmer of the archdeaconry by which the less was William able to collect the proceeds of alien non-resident benefice holders. [20], [21], [22] rcp
  • T1347 C: Oxfordshire. Hugelinus de Adigherirs was prebendary of Banbury, but was a non-resident alien so that the fruits of the prebend were in the king's hands. Geoffrey de Byfeld, Robert Lylter, and John de Haddon de Bannebury impeded William de Kelleseye cleric from collecting the fruits for the king. [23] rcp Probably related v. Nicholas de Stretele, Master John de Stretele, and Hugh son of Richard de Donewale. [24] rcp
  • T1347 D: Gloucestershire. Galhard de Mota, cardinal and non-resident alien, was archdeacon of Oxford so that the fruits were in the king's hands. John Bone chaplain, John Boter, William Richardesbaillif de Baskervill, John Polwyk, Hugh Stedeman, John Someter, William Mareschal de Westecote, Milo de Coumbe de Westcote, John Reygnaldes, John Wylkyn, Robert Richardes, Walter le Hakkere, and Phillip Betoun de Coumbe impeded Master William de Aldebury, official of the archeaconry and farmer of the archeaconry, from collecting the profits. [25] rcp

T1347 E: Worcestershire. Rex v. Thomas de Legh prior of Great Malvern, Brother Walter de Bradewas, Brother Thomas de Merlebergh, Brother William de Bisheley, and Brother Alexander de Gloucester co-monks of the same prior. Despite the papal grant to the priory to be subject only to the pope or his legate, an agreement had been struck before the king's council in the reign of Edward I. This case sought to enforce that agreement. [26], [27], [28] rcp

  • M1347 A: Yorkshire. Master Roger Basset offical of the archdeacon of York and farmer of the archdeaconry (qui tam) v. John son of Richard de Estfeld, John de Warsop tailor, John Tothe fleshewer, Robert Whyte chapman, William Lockes, Thomas Twyere, John Dadwall, William Ivesone, John Fustyan, William son of John de Leverton, Thomas de Aldewerk tailor, John Gurry, and John his son, John Coke, John Perkyn, John Wanreth, and Nicholas his brother. Defendants impeded Basset from collecting the profits of the archdeaconry for the king, since the profits were in the king's hands for the defence of the realm as with other benefices held by foreigners; they also took many things in his possession there in Tickhill and imprisoned him for two days. Defendants pleaded not guilty. John Dadwall and William Lokkes did plead that as constables of Tickhill they had held Basset by virtue of a hue and cry on the stabbing of a man. [29] rcp
  • M1347 C: Yorkshire. Master Roger Basset official of the archdeacon of York and farmer of the archdeaconry of York (qui tam) v. John Lauson, John son of Alice del Kirk, William Lockes sr, John Laydoke, William de Hourycotes, John Bullok, John Watson, Robert son of Alice del Kirke, William atte Kirk, John Dolfyn, Robert Gurry, Nicholas Wanreth, Emma wife of Richard de Estfeld, Cecilia daughter of the same Emma, Sibil Wanreth, and William de Halum souter together with Thomas de Wyrsop. All the profits of the archdeaconry were committed to Basset because the archdeacon was a non-resident alien; the defendants impeded at Tickhill. [30] rcp
  • M1347 D: Yorkshire. Master Roger Basset official of the archdeacon of York and farmer of the archdeaconry of York (qui tam) v. William son of Robert de Haringell and Richard Cute de Doncaster. All the profits of the archdeaconry were committed to Baset because the archdeacon was a non-resident alien. Defendants impeded at Thirescogh. [31] rcp


E1348 A: Wiltshire. Indictments of John de Tinterne abbot of Malmesbury, Brother John de Rodborn co-monk, and Henry de Badmynton. The accusation was the abbot was terrorizing the county through Henry de Badmynton; several specific incidents were alleged. [32]

E1348 B: Middx. Presentment of conspiracy that John Plomer of Northampton cleric and Thomas de Bokbroke cleric together with Master Adam de Berneston clerk wrongly obtained the excommunication of John de Excestre criour whereby he lost his estate. [33]

E1348 C: Yorkshire. Day given in mortmain prosecutions against the Prior of Watre, the Prior of Ellerton, the Abbot of Rufford, the Prior of Gisborough, the Prior of Malton, the Prior of St Oswald, the Prior of Bretton, the Abbot of Byland, the Abbot of Jervaulx, the Abbot of Blessed Mary of York, the Prior of Kirkham, the Abbot of Sallay, the Master of the Hospital of St Leonard, the Prior of Newburgh, the Prior of Bridlington, the Abbot of Fountains, the Abbot of St Agatha, the Master of the Hospital of St Giles by Richmond, the Master of St Nicholas in Richmond, the Prior of Drax, the Prior of Haltemprise, the Abbot of Melsa, the Abbot of Coverham, the Master of the Hospital of Blessed Mary of York, Walter de Harpham master of the Hospital by Payn Lathes, and Nicholas vicar of the church of St Lawrence in York. [34]

T1348 A: Oxfordshire. Abbot of Eynsham v. John Costard de Wolgarcote, Simon Costard, William de Lathebury, Robert Abbot, John Gille, --- atte Northard, William Brid, Henry le Peyntour, Ralph le Cordewaner de Wolgarcote, --- atte Bruggeende de Wolgarcote, Robert le Yonge, Hugh le Follere de Wolgarcote, William Ne--- de Wyghtham, William le Muleward, John Scot de Eynesham, William de Mackeneye, Richard --- de Eynsham, Richard son of Agnes le Yechere, John som of Simon Colyn, Robert Bedeford, ---- Herles, Thomas le Grey, Walter Herles de Wolgarcote, William Hay, William Chaa, John ----, and Roger Lewe. Trespass: breach of close at Eynsham, imprisonment of the abbot, taking of goods worth 40 p.s., assaulting the abbot's men and servants. [35]

T1348 B: Staffordshire. Abbot of Burton upon Trent v. Robert Moubrey de Andesleye, John Was de Andesleye, Henry son Ralph Astel de Andesleye, John Clare de Andesley, William Randulf de Andesleye, William Meryot de Andesleye, William le Taillour de Andesleye, Robert Anneys de Andesleye, John Edwyn de Rudynges, and Roger le Hyne Wauterscast' de Mountgomory ye yonger. Trespass. [36], [37]

T1348 C: Buckinghamshire. Master Henry de Chaddesden archdeacon of Leicester v. Walter Waas. Trespass taking of goods and chattels at Pichecote worth 100s and assault of his servants; imprisonment of the servants until he made fine by 40s for their delivery. [38]

T1348 D: Yorkshire. Rex v. Prior of Drax. The king had sent letters patent under the privy seal to the prior forbidding him to molest or impede a certain Constance de Hillum against the laws and customs of the realm; the letters were delivered at Drax in 20 Edward III in the presence of John de Pudesay and others. Jury to determine if the prior wholly refused to receive or open the letters. [39], [40], [41]. rcp

T1348 E: Gloucestershire. Abbot of Winchcombe v. John Shyvel de Breodon, John Marle de Comberton, Henry Budel de Comberton, John Bury de Comberton, William Dodyng de Ekynton, and William his son, Robert de Norteclyve de Ekynton, John le Palmere de Ekynton, Robert Wylnol de Ekynton, John Hugge fisher, Robert Churcheheye de Comberon, and Nicholas Beyvill. Trespass. [42]

M1348 A: Foundation of chantry by grant of Richard de Bermingham to Jervaulx Abbey. [43]

M1348 B: Yorkshire. Rex v. Peter de Kirketon, Thomas son Richard Gerard, Thomas Gerard de Saxton jr, John son of Alice de Leeds, Simon le Reve de Saxton, John de Brerelaye de Saxton, Adam Lawesson de Leeds, and Nicholas de Kirkeby. In 14 Edward III they went to the manor of John Giffard master of the Hospital of St Leonard, York, at Leeds by Saxton and besieged Giffard and his men -- John de Sutton, Peter de Holt, Robert le Chaumberleyn, William le Cooke, and William de Staynton -- at night. They imprisoned them and detained them until the ninth hour on the following day when Giffard, to save his own life and the lives of his men, made fine with Peter and the others by a palfrey worth 20 p.s. Peter and the others also forced Giffard to pledge that he woud surrender an obligatory writing by which Margaret de Ledes his aunt was obliged to to Giffard in 10 p.s. by way of loan, which writing Giffard, in fear for his life, delivered. John de Sutton was beaten so badly that his services were lost for ten weeks. Convicted, and the defendants made fine with the king. [44]

M1348 C: Yorkshire. Presented that John Vavasour of Weston and others took 20p.s. from Master Ralph de Turville to indict all those whom Ralph wanted concerning wrongs done to William la Zouche archbishop of York; John and the others then for five marks allocated a certain inquest and made to indict Nicholas Bonenfaunt de Ottelay and many others for wrongs of which they were not guilty and process continued until they made fine with the archbishop for 200 p.s. [45]rcp

M1348 D: Yorkshire. Presented that Walter de Thornton vicar of Doncaster in 1334, to pauperize his parishioners, took the office of dean of Doncaster and cited them to appear before him at Doncaster and elsewhere to answer him ex officio in many cases that did not pertain to court Christian and thus assumed royal power. He took William del Sole 5s, from John Piper 6s8d, from John Saundre 5s, and from day to day vexed the men of the deanery for ten years and took overall 200 p.s. by color of his office. Walter confessed and made fine. [46] rcp

H1349 A: Yorkshire. Presented that Ankein Salvayn chivaler and others came at night in October 1337 to Stytnum to the house of William Gowere and there found John de Jarum prior of Kirkham with with wife of William in a secret place, and he there took the prior and detained him until the prior made fine with him for 35 marks. The prior died within a half year thereafter. [47] rcp

H1349 B: Yorkshire. Presented that William vicar of Willardby had a letter from the archbishop of York to inquire within Scarbrough whether Alan de Cloghton and others in the town had communicated with a certain John son of Simon le Bakester of Scarborough who was excommunicated. The vicar without any inquiry certified by his sealed letters to the court of the archbishop that they had so communicated, whereby they were put to great loss of goods and were fatigued before the archbishop daily to their damage of 6 p.s. [48] rcp

H1349 C: Yorkshire. Presented that: Elizabeth Lascels of Bedale prosecuted a writ of oyer and terminer against Henry de Bolyng, William Passelewe and Roger Passelewe and many others concerning a trespass at Langthorne at her home. They were put in exigent, but then were in service to the king at Calais and had the protection of the king. They were indicted before the king and found security for a fine. Nevertheless Elizabeth prosecuted a letter of excommunication in the deanery of Ainsty to excommunicate all those who had entered her house or put hands on her or on her servants or took her goods. They were excommunicated until they made redemption for the damages, to the prejudice and enervation of the law of England. [49]

E1349 A: Lincolnshire. John Amicz de Lesingham v. Walter de Stanreth late chancellor of Henry bishop of Lincoln. Walter in 1345 summoned John to appear before him at Stow Park for the correction of his soul and there accused John that he was defamed in that it was said he raped Agnes the wife of Walter de Dunston at Kirkby by Scopwick; John replied that there had been no such defamation and put himelf on the consideration of Walter according to church law. Thereafter Walter commissioned Robert de Kirkeby dean of Lafford to make inquiries under oath. Robert made inquires and certified that John had not been defamed. Walter then commissioned the dean to make he same inquiry of 18 men of Kirkby, Dunston, and Scopwick under oath. The dean again certified that John was not defamed. Still Walter continued to vex him continuously until John made fine with him for 6s8d; John de Farondon clerk of Walter at Lessingham received the money from John. John claimed damages of 100 p.s. A jury acquitted Walter. [50]

E1349 B: Staffordshire. Forty messuages in Eccleshale and the manor of Horsley that were Adam de Peshale's and seized into the king's hand were reserved for the king's chamber and committed to John de Okore to answer to the chamber. The bishop of Coventry and Lichfield and John de Melbourn cleric in 1347 intruded therein and impeded Okore from administering the property. Jury summons. [51], [52] rcp

H1350 A: Middlesex. Presented that the prior of Holy Trinity, London, is obliged to give alms to the poor for the souls of past kings of England 20s each year as service from two bovates of land in Tottenham and Edelmeton. The prior had stopped giving those alms 28 years previously. A jury returned that the priory had no such lands so burdened and that the prior of the priory had never been so obliged. [53]

H1350 B: Yorkshire. Day given to the Abbot of Byland, the Abbot of Fountains, the Abbot of Jervaulx, the Prior of Drax, the Abbot of Sallay, the Abbot of Blessed Mary, York, the Prior of Kirkham, the Master of the Hospital of St Leonard, York, the Prior of Newburgh, the Prior of Malton, the Prior of Bridlington, the Abbot of St Agatha, the Prior of Bretton, the Abbot of Rufford, the Abbot of Melsa, the Abbot of Coverham, the Prior of Haultemprise, and the Prior of Gisborough. On divers presentations for lands acquired after the mortmain statute. [54], [55], [56], [57], [58] rcp

H1350 C: Lincolnshire. Day given to the Abbot of Tupholm, the Prior of St Katherine outside Lincoln, the Prioress of St Michael outside Stamford, the Abbot of Louth Park, the Abbot of Wellow, the Abbot of Barlings, and the Prior of Bolington.On divers presentations for lands acquired after the mortmain statute. [59]

H1350 E: Middlesex. In M1349 it was presented that the Abbot of Walden by reason of lands and tenements in Walden granted by the king's predecessors was bound to give alms to the poor for the souls of the king's predecessors in the amount of three and a half quarters of beans and peas each year; the abbot had ceased doing so for eight years. The abbot pleaded that he was parson of Edelmeton and only held lands there as the endowment of the church given by Geoffrey de Maundeville and is not obliged to give those alms. Acquitted by jury verdict. [60]

E1350 A: Devon and Cornwall. Two cases: Cornwall. Rex v. John, bishop of Exeter. Quare impedit for the archdeaconry of Cornwall. Devon. Rex v. John, bishop of Exeter. Quare impedit for a prebend in the church of Exeter held until now by John de St Paul elect of Dublin, claimed now by reason that the temporalities of the bishopric are in the king's hand. Both cases now just beginning. [61], [62] rcp

T1350 A: Northamtonshire. Quare impedit. King sought against the current bishop of Lincoln the enforcement of a quare impedit judgment from 1328 concerning the prebend of Nassington in Lincoln cathedral. The bishop claimed that the judgment had been executed sede vacante by the warden of temporalities; the crown won the jury verdict that the last occupant had come in by intrusion and not be presentation. [63] rcp

M1350 A: Lincolnshire. William de Skipwith (qui tam) v. William de Burton official of the archdeacon of Lincoln. Whereas Skipwith had sent a servant with 40 marks to Barton upon Humber to pay Joan who was the wife of William de St Quinton his debt, Burton, scheming to defraud him and asserting that William de St Quinton had owed him such a sum and spurning any action in the king's court, sequestered that sum and detained the money under such sequestration until Skipwith under church censures delivered the money to him. [64], [65], [66], [67], [68] rcp