Translation Information Source: S250

Edition information
Translator Scott, John
Book Title The Early History of Glastonbury: an Edition, Translation and Study of William of Malmesbury's 'De Antiquitate Glastonie Ecclesie'
Publication Location Woodbridge
Publisher Boydell
PublicationDate 1981
Pages 98-103
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Notes Help us, O God of our salvation. Although the word alone ought to suffice for whatever is decided after sound advice and is in accord with canonical decretals and ecclesiastical ordinances, without its needing to be written down, yet, since in our times the storms and tempests of secular affairs beat even on the doors of the church, our prayers have led us to propose that those things we have decided on should be bound up in the pages of the Scriptures, for the security of future generations, lest they be consigned to oblivion and unknown to posterity. Wherefore I, Ine, given my royal dignity by the Lord, with the advice of Queen Seaxburg and the approval of Beorhtwald, Archbishop of Canterbury, and all his suffragans, and also with the encouragement of the sub-kings Baldred and Æthelheard, to the old church in the place called Glastonbury - the church which the great priest and highest bishop with the help of angels had once dedicated with many unheard of miracles to Himself and the perpetual Virgin Mary, as He revealed to the blessed David - do grant out of those places that I possess by paternal inheritance and hold in my own demesne, they being adjacent and suitable, for the maintenance of the regular life and use of the monks, 10 hides at Brent, 12 hides at Zoy, 20 hides at Pilton, 10 hides at Doulting, and 1 hide at Bleadney, together with everything that my predecessors bestowed on the church, namely Cenwealh, who granted Meare, Beckery, Godney, Marchey and Nyland, at the instance of Archbishop Theodore, King Centine, who was accustomed to call Glastonbury the mother of saints and granted it immunity from all secular and ecclesiastical services and conceded it the lofty privilege the brothers there should have the power of choosing and appointing their own ruler in accordance with the Rule of St Benedict, Bishop Haeddi, who gave Leigh with the approval of Cædwalla who confirmed it with his own hand although he was a pagan, Baldred, who gave 6 hides at Pennard and Æthelheard, who gave 60 hides at Polden Wood, with my agreement and confirmation…