Synodal Statutes of Bishop William of Raleigh

Salisbury Cathedral Archives: FG/1/1

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...Item cum sanctorum reliquiis magna debeatur reuerencia illius corpori qui sanctorum sanctus & in sanctis suis gloriosus alios fecit sanctos. Seruiuimus honor est inpendendus. Ipsi itaque cui honor est & gloria debitum honorem conseruare uolentes sub interminacione anathematis inhibemus ne in cimiteriis uel atriis ecclesiarum ludi uel lucte fiant ne mulieres ibidem correas luxuriose carmina canendo laici ducere presumant. cum ex hiis domini reuerencia & sanctorum honore contemptis. rixe & contenciones & hominum mores soleant euenire....

  • Record Translation

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    ...Likewise since great reverence is due to the relics of saints, we have served the body of one who, being holy of holies and glorious among his saints, made others saints. Honour must be bestowed. And so we, wishing to preserve due honour for that one to whom honour and glory is due, under penalty of excommunication, forbid that in cemeteries or churchyards, games or wrestling matches be carried out and that women presume to conduct dances there wantonly with the singing of lay songs, since from these things, because reverence for the lord and honour for the saints are held in contempt, brawls and disputes and human mores are wont to arise....

  • Document Description

    Record title: Synodal Statutes of Bishop William of Raleigh
    Repository: Salisbury Cathedral Archives
    Shelfmark: FG/1/1
    Repository location: Salisbury

    These statutes occur in a collection known as liber evidentiarum C, the largest part of which, pp 37–366, is a cartulary of the dean and chapter of Salisbury Cathedral. The statutes occur in a section of miscellaneous additions and they have been identified as belonging to Winchester on internal evidence, as well as the word 'Wynton' added at the top of f 398 by a fifteenth-century hand. Scholars have determined that these are the statutes of Bishop William of Raleigh (or de Raley, bishop of Winchester 1242–50), dated between 1247 and 1249, derived from those he issued as bishop of Norwich (see Cheney, English Synodalia, pp 125–36).

    13th c.; Latin; parchment; 477 leaves; 255mm x 170mm; original ink pagination 1–391, foliation 392–477; good condition; late 19th–c. binding of brown leather over boards, title on spine: 'C / LIBER/ EVIDENTIA.'

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