Historic collections, relating to the monasteries in Devon

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Page xvii - Cerzedas hujusmodi eorumque singulares personas a quibusvis excommunicationis suspensionis et interdicti, aliisque ecclesiasticis sententiis, censuris, et poenis a jure vel ab homine quavis occasione vel causa latis, si quibus quomodolibet...
Page xix - Nulli ergo omnino hominum liceat hanc paginam nostre reservationis, inhibitionis et constitutionis infringere, vel ei ausu temerario contraire. Si quis autem hoc attemptare presumpserit, indignationem Omnipotentis Dei et beatorum Petri et Pauli apostolorum ejus se noverit incursurum.
Page vii - It is not with much credulity I listen to any, when they speak evil of those whom they are going to plunder. I rather suspect that vices are feigned or exaggerated, when profit is looked for in their punishment. An enemy is a bad witness : a robber is a worse.
Page 40 - ... soon after, he appealed to the Primate, William Warham, and to Richard FitzJames, Bishop of London. The question chiefly turned on the right of episcopal visitation. These prelates decided on the 8th of February following, that the abbot had not produced any indults, bulls, or vouchers authorizing any exemption from the jurisdiction of the ordinary ; they therefore decreed that he and his convent should submit to this regularly constituted authority, as their predecessors had done from time immemorial:...
Page 38 - This abbot had very little of the spirit of a religious man. He was passionately fond of field sports, was very conceited and foppish in his dress, and a most incurable spendthrift. During his government discipline seems to have been banished from, the convent. Frequently but two of the community were present at the regular meals in the refectory, whilst the rest were feasting sumptuously in their private chambers. From the neglect of repairs the monastery was falling into a dilapidated state, and,...
Page 37 - Tavistock, for four priests, who should be bound to celebrate the daily and nightly office, together with the service of the dead: to say three, or at least two requiem masses every day, besides one of our Lady. In their suffrages they were to pray for the prosperity of the said abbot and convent; for King Edward II. and his Queen Isabella; for the bishop, dean, and chapter of Exeter, and for the founders and benefactors of Tavistock Abbey. The superior of these priests was to be called the arch-priest;...
Page 55 - Though hallowed mitres glitter here no more, The friendly Abbey still adorns the shore ; Here meek religion's ancient temple rose, How great, how fall'n, the mournful ruin shows, — Of sacrilege, behold, what heaps appear ! Nor blush to drop the tributary tear.
Page vii - The most abominable crimes were charged upon the religious, and the charge was to be managed with the utmost industry, boldness, and dexterity. This was a powerful argument to draw an odium upon them, and to make them disrespected and ridiculed by the generality of mankind. And yet, after all, the proofs were...
Page 55 - The shatter'd aisles, with clustering ivy hung, The yawning arch in rude confusion flung : Sad striking remnants of a former age ; To pity now might melt the spoiler's rage. Lo, sunk to rest the wearied vot'ry sleeps, While o'er his urn the gloomy cypress weeps ; Here silent pause — here draw the pensive sigh — Here musing learn to live, here learn to die...
Page 150 - ... redegi, signoque et nomine meis solitis et consuetis signavi rogatus et requisitus in fidem et testimonium omnium et singulorum premissorum.

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