initiator: Abbot of Saint Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat
recipient: Pope Eugenius III
institution: Saint Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat
additional institution: Church of Nazareth
text: Early in the year. The abbot of St Mary of theValley of Jehoshaphat appeals to Pope Eugenius III, who has been sent copies of the relevant deeds, for redress in a dispute between his abbey and the church of Nazareth. He records how Bernhardus primus Nazarenus episcopus gave the abbey, for the needs of the poor, the church of Ligio with parochial rights and tithes, together with the tithes of the casale of Thanys. In the time of Bernardus and in that of successor Wilelmus, who was afterwards raised to be archbishop, the abbey enjoyed its rights, but the new archbishop [Robertus] challenged them. The abbey’s rights were confirmed by Pope Innocent II, in return for an annual payment to the papacy of 1 uncia of gold. When the archbishop’s agents resorted to force, the abbey appealed to Patriarch William, who reproved the archbishop, but as soon as the death of Pope Innocent II was known the persecution of the monks began again. The archbishop placed a chaplain [capellanus] in the church [of Ligio] to say Mass for the soul of Willehelmus de Buris and to exercise parochial rights, forbidding the monks make use of them. His agents disrupted the Mass being said by a monk. The monks appealed several times to Patriarch William and when they raised the issue at a synod held at Nazareth [in celebri conventu apud Nazaret] they were told that their papal privilege had lapsed with Pope Innocent’s death. William, moreover, refused to hear their case unless they would give him a marcha of gold and half the tithes. In the end the monks were forced into an agreement, recorded in a [lost charter] witnessed by Patriarch William and others, in which they promised the archbishop of Nazareth an annual rent of a marcha of gold, a rotula of wax and incense, payable on the Feast of the Annunciation, and granted him the right to enjoy procuration with his household on one day a year. The monks recognize that in this they have infringed papal prerogative. (Hiestand, PK, pp. 183-7, no. 60) (RRH no. 239).
Early in the year. The abbot of St Mary of theValley of Jehoshaphat appeals to Pope Eugenius III, who has been sent copies of the relevant deeds, for redress in a dispute between his abbey and the church of Nazareth. He records how Bernhardus primus Nazarenus episcopus gave the abbey, for the needs... more
sources: Hiestand, PK, pp. 183-7, no. 60 (RRH no. 239)