MS. Bodl. 454
Summary Catalogue no.: 2409
Full edition and translation: The Proceedings Against the Templars in the British Isles, 2 vols, ed. and tr. Helen J. Nicholson (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)
The chief contents are:
(fol. 1, which is torn) Proceedings at a Court held at London, October 20 1309-March 18 1309/10, in which are recited the bull of Pope Clement V, Aug. 12, 1307
(fol. 4) A letter of Robert Winchelsey, archbishop of Canterbury, September 22 1309, again reciting the bull
(fol. 7) 88 articles against the Templars
(fols. 9r-9v) A citation to the archdeacon of London, Oct. 8, 1309, with its acknowledgement
(fols. 12, 59v) The detailed examination of accused and witnesses, etc.
(fol. 58) 'Nomina Templariorum missorum ad Turrim Londoniensem de diuersis comitatibus'
(fols. 63v, 160) 28 new articles against the Templars, with further examinations of individuals at London, Jan., March, and June 1310:
(fol. 103) Similar proceedings at Lincoln, June 1310, with a further examination in London of the Lincoln Templars:
(fol. 125) Similar proceedings at York, May 1310:
(fol. 134) Similar proceedings in Ireland, March 1309/10:
Nicholson, p. xvi, points out that fol. 159* contains extracts from an Anglo-Norman version of the Templars' rule.
Provenance and Acquisition
Norwich, Norfolk, Benedictine cathedral priory of Holy Trinity (?) : "L.XLIII" (top of fol. 1r in centre); not like any other Norwich pressmark. M. R. James, Norfolk Archaeol. 19, no. 99. (MLGB3: inferred evidence).
"Academiae Oxon. Jo. Brydgeman D. D. 30 July 1614."
Last Substantive Revision
2022-10-16: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)