of þe archbishops letters, when as he perceaued and saw, that no excuse would preuaile to auoyde that daūger, hūblyng him selfe vpon hys knees, he desired pardon. The whiche when he had, nowe agayne (as is aforesayd) albeit very hardly obtayned: By the helpe of the byshop of Winchester, he was sent awaye agayne with certaine commaundemētes, and suspensions of heretickes. MarginaliaReligious men fyrst causers of this troubleThē began the hatred on either part somewhat to appeare & shewe, and specially all men were offended, and in the toppes of these Friers & religious men, vpō whom what soeuer trouble or mischief was raised vp, they did impute it as to the authours and causers of the same. MarginaliaHenry Crompe first an accuser of other, after accused himself for heresy.Amongst whom there was one Henry Crompe, a monke Cistercian, a well learned diuine, whiche afterwarde was accused by the Bishops, of heresie. He at that tyme was openly suspected by the Commissary, MarginaliaRigges the commissary called for before the bishops.because in his lectures he called the heretikes lollards, from his acts (as they terme them in the schole.) Thē he commyng by and by vp to London, made his complaint vnto the Archbishop, and to the kynges counsell.[Back to Top]
Wherupon he obteining the letters of the kyng, and of his counsail, by the vertue therof (returnyng agayne to the vniuersitie) was released and restored agayne to hys former state: the woordes of whiche letter here foloweth vnder written.
MarginaliaThe kinges letter to the vicechauncelour and procuratours of Oxford. Henry Crompe complaineth to the kinges coūsayle of gthe most seculer maisters of Oxford.THe kyng to the vicechauncelour and procuratours of the vniuersitie of Oxford, greting
Richard II's second letter to Rygge is copied from Lambeth Palace Library, Courtenay Register, fo. 31v.
Mention was made as you heard a litle before, howe M. Rigges vicechauncel of Oxford comming vp with M. Bryghtwell to the Archb. of Cant. was there straitly examined of the conclusions of Wickleffe. Where he notwithstanding through the helpe of the B. of Wint. obtayned pardon, and was sent away again with commaundementes and charges, to seeke out all the fauourers of Iohn Wickleffe. MarginaliaHerford and Repington fled to the Duke of Lancaster.This commaundement being receaued Nicholas Herford, and Phillip Repyngton: (being priuely warned by the sayd vicechancelor) in the meane season conueyed them out of sight, and fled to the Duke of Lancaster for succour & help. But the Duke, whether for feare, or for what cause els, I can not saye, in the end forsoke hys poore and miserable clients.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaLetters of the archb. to the Vicechauncellor.In the meane tyme, while they were fled thus to the Duke, great search and inquisitiō was made for them, to cite and to apprehend them wher soeuer they myght be found. Wherupon, the Archbishop W. Courtney directed out hys letters first to the vicechauncelor of Oxford, MarginaliaLetters of the Archb. to the bishop of Londō. R. Braybroke Bish. of Londō.then to the byshop of London named Rob. Braybroke: charging them not onely to excommunicate the said Nicholas and Phillip, within their iurisdiction, and the sayd excommunication to be denounced likewyse throughout all þe dioces of his suffragans: but also more ouer, that diligent search and watch shoulde be layd for them, both in Oxford and in London, that they myghte be apprehended: requiring moreouer by them to be certified again, what they hadde done in the premisses. MarginaliaThe 14. day of Iuly. an. 1382.And this was writtē the 14. day of Iuly, an 1382. Ex Registr.[Back to Top]
Vnto these letters receaued from the Archb. diligent certificat was geuen accordinglye, as well of the bishop of London his part, as also of the vicechauncelor, the tenour wherof was thys.
MarginaliaThe letter of Robert Rigges Vicechanc. to the Archb.TO the reuerend father in Christ, Lord W. Archbishop of Cant. Primate of all England, and Legate of the Apostolique see, Rob. Rygges professour of Diuinitie, and Vicechauncelor of the Vniuersitie of Oxford, greeting with due honour
This letter is copied from Lambeth Palace Library, Courtenay Register, fo. 32r.
The date of this letter is actually 30 July 1382. The letter is in Lambeth Palace Library, Courtenay Register, fo. 32r..
MarginaliaHerford and Repington repulsed from the Duke of Lanc.In the meane time Nicholas Herford, and Repyngton beyng repulsed of the Duke, and destitute (as was sayd) of his supportation, whether they were sent, or of their owne accorde went to the Archbishop, it is vncertaine. This I finde in a letter of the foresayd Archbishop, conteyned in hys register: MarginaliaThe 24. day of October.that Repyngton in the xxiij. day of October the same yeare. 1382. was reconciled agayne to the Archbyshop, MarginaliaRepington released by the Archb.and also by hys generall letter was released and admitted to his scholastical actes in the vniuersitie. MarginaliaIohn Ashton reconciled by the Archb.And so was also Ihon Ashton, of whō (Christ willing) more shall folow hereafter
Foxe is refering to a description of Repingdon's abjuration in Lambeth Palace Library, Courtenay Register, fo. 32v.
In the meane tyme, about the xxiij. of the moneth of September the sayd yeare, the kyng sent his mandate to