Event: Expulsion, Judicial decision/review, Monastic reform, Writ-issuing/sendingBates39 - writ of William 1 concerning the adjudication of a dispute between Herfast and Bury St Edmunds

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Description King William 1 informs all the faithful men of his kingdom that Bishop Herfast 1’s claim that the abbey of Bury St Edmunds should be his episcopal church has been brought to his attention and that he has decided that the matter should be heard in his court. On the set day, the bishop made his case eloquently, but produced neither written documents nor witnesses. Abbot Baldwin 5 then told how King Cnut 3 expelled the clerks and introduced monks, how the church had then been dedicated to on that king’s order by Archbishop Æthelnoth 43 of Canterbury, how the first abbot [Ufi 4] had been consecrated by the bishop of London [Ælfwig 13], the second [Leofstan 24] by the bishop of Winchester [Ælfwine 45], and Baldwin 5 himself by the archbishop of Canterbury [Stigand 1], and how the monks had been ordained by the bishops of their choice over a period of fifty-three years without any objection from Herfast 1’s predecessors. He also produced orders of King Cnut 3 and Edward 15 the Confessor which granted that the monastery should be free of all episcopal domination. Those present then decided in Bury St Edmunds favour.
Year 1081
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