Ed. Historia Dunelmensis scriptores tres pp. lxvii-viii, from a slightly errant cartulary copy; Cheney & Cheney (1967) no. 894.
Mandate of Pope Innocent [III] ordering the hearing of a case, 1211.
In this typical document the pope greets the abbots of Jervaulx and St Agatha's [Easby] and the official of the archdeacon of Richmond (with none of them named but with the practice of retaining the pair of dots or gemipunctus that would have marked off their initials had they been included), recounts that the prior and convent of Durham have shown by a complaint that the archdeacon of Durham and others of the Durham diocese have injured them over certain legacies which the late P[hilip of Poitou] bishop of the church of Durham left in his last will, and, in standard clauses (cf. Sayers (1971), p. 341), 'Ideoque discretioni uestre per apostolica scripta mandamus. quatenus partibuus conuocatis audiatis causam et appellatione remota fine debito terminetis. facientes quod decreueritis per censuram ecclesiasticam firmiter obseruari. Testes autem qui fuerint nomminari si se gratia odio uel timore subtraxerint. simili districtione cessante appellatione cogatis perhibere testimonium ueritatj. Quod si non omnes hijs exequendis potueritis interesse; duo uestrum ea nichilominus exequantur.' [view]
The script is typical of that used in the papal chancery, as is the thick, stiff parchment.
The appearance of the surviving part of the hemp cord by which the missing bulla was attached suggests that the bulla was deliberately cut off; since among almost ninety original papal bulls in the monastic archive only one retains its bulla, (c.f. 4.2.Pap.4)they may have been treated as souvenirs after the Reformation, as also the documents themselves of which a particularly high proportion are now missing.