W. Brown (ed.), The Register of William Wickwane, Lord Archbishop of York (1279-1285) (Surtees Society 1907), pp. 194-195, no. 474:
13 kal. Julii, 1281, anno 2. Grentone.
Reverentissimo, precipuo, et precordiali in Christo patri, domino H. de E., Dei providencia tituli Sancti Laurencii in Lucina presbitero cardinali, suus devotissimus sacerdos, W. etc. se totum visceraliter ad vota cum omni reverencia et oracionum instancia erga Deum.
Letus dolor in lamentabili gaudio nobis in vestre creacionis gracia jam erupit, et, dum [vestram] acerbe deplangimus elongacionem, de gradu et solio celsiori haustum celebrioris leticie resumimus sine planctu. Vobis, enim, sancta mater ecclesia, quam opere jugiter, studio et labore hactenus extulistis, merita vestra non solum per Dei graciam temporaliter recompensat, sed vos ad majora, sicut confidimus, eternaliter conservat; et utinam hoc sustineat et attribuat novus aer corporis conservacioni. Satis sufficitis, Deo dante, sed fortassis animam insueta et imposita occupacio interdum, nisi meditanter mentem rexeritis, aliquantisper fatigabat. Sed ad hec tucius subticemus, quia forte improvide et presumptuose ponimus os in celum; verumptamen secure et libere loquitur verus amor.
Pater reverende, in honoribus et negociis nostre Eboracensis ecclesie eo confidencius ad presidia pietatis vestre amodo confluemus, quo vobis operosis et placere, et vestros, cum advenerint, in cunctis que poterimus, pater, hoc presertim vobis, si placet, reducimus ad memoriam, ut, ad nullius supplicatoriam vel imperiosam instanciam, aliquas cocciones vel lectuaria in hospicio vestro permittatis componi, ne quivis eventus vestre, quod absit, domui imputentur; suffragari, tamen, poteritis et consulere, sicut scitis, dummodo alii dominancius, quin pocius circa pacientes principaliter, operentur.
De apicibus vestris gaudium concipimus et merorem. Gracias, tamen, et grates corde referimus grato patri qui nos, et ecclesiam nostram Eboracensem, et totum regnum Anglicanum per talia rumorum desolamina sub sperandis solaciis et suffragiis refecistis. In bajulacione crucis nostre per Angliam quam ignominiose Eboracensis et Cantuariensis ecclesie frequencius cruciantur per collusiones preteritas, bene nostis. Unde, pro amore Curcifixi, in forma alias adinvicem prelocuta, aliquid securitatis, ad instar auctentice littere quam vobis tradidimus, vel sub competenciori cautela, si poteritis, sicut constans benivolus procuretis, et annuat nobis Altissimus, quod ad exaltacionem nominis et fame vestre ipsius crucis et Crucifixi obprobrium per industriam vestram sub aliqua pacis semita sopiatur, et mereri poteritis in immensum. Et forte istud opus meriti vobis, et non aliis qui vos hactenus precesserunt, Deus signanter ad gracie cumulum reservavit.
Hugh of Evesham, Cardinal Priest of S. Lorenzo in Lucina. A physician [Marini, Degli archiatri pontifici I, p. 27, showing the unsupported nature of every alleged fact]. Rector of Welton and Hemingbrough in the Diocese of York, appointed by Archbishop Giffard (1266-1279) [Register of Walter Giffard, Archbishop of York , 56, 57]. Archdeacon of Worcester in 1275 [Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae III, p. 74; the appointment was made by Bishop Godfrey Giffard (1268-1302), brother of Archbishop Walter Gifford of York]. Archdeacon of Worcester in 1275 [Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae III, p. 74]. In 1269, Master Hugh of Evesham was one of the professors at Oxford who became drawn into the controversy between the Dominicans and Franciscans [A. Little, The Grey Friars at Oxford (Oxford 1892), Appendix C, pp. 76-77 and 331, 333]. Archdeacon of Worcester in 1275 [Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae III, p. 74].
He is the "Magister Hugo de Ewesan", canon of York, who was present at the election of William Wickwane, Chancellor of York, as Archbishop of York, on June 22, 1279. Chancellor William voted for Hugh [Registres de Nicolas III, 559; Bliss, Calendar of Papal Registers I, p. 459; Le Neve Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae III, p. 103]. The Archbishop-elect travelled to Italy (the pope being at Castro Suriano and Viterbo that summer), in expectation of confirmation and the pallium. After examination, however, his election was suppressed on technical grounds by Nicholas III and then granted to him by the Pope by way of preferment (the documents are dated on September 19, 1279 [W. Brown (ed.), The Register of William Wickwane, Lord Archbishop of York (1279-1285) (Surtees Society 1907), p. 305]). On the same date, September 19, William was consecrated at Viterbo by Pope Nicholas III [Stubbs, Registrum sacrum Anglicanum, p. 65], and the pallium presented to him by Cardinal Giacomo Savelli of S. Maria in Cosmedin. The temporal administration of Archbishop William's domains was granted by King Edward I on October 28, 1279.
Canon Hugh was granted the Prebendary of Bugthorpe in the Church of York, by November 11, 1279 [J. Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicani III, p. 178: "Henry, a Roman Cardinal, held it at his death in 1287." There was no Cardinal Henry. The letter H(ugh) is wrongly expanded by an English copyist]. On December 17, 1279, Master Hugh of Evesham, Canon of York, was one of the examiners of candidates for ordination in the Diocese of York, on appointment of Archbishop Wickwane [The Register of William Wickwane, p. 22]. He was called to Rome, due to his medical skills, it is said, by Nicholas III. On September 12, 1280, Archbishop Wickwane named Master Hugh of Evesham, Canon of York, and Stephen Patringtone his proctors at the Papal Curia, and so notified Cardinal Matteo Rosso Orsini and Cardinal Giacomo Savelli [The Register of William Wickwane, p. 183].
On April 13, 1282, Cardinal Hugh's chaplain was named Bishop of Caithness by provision of Martin IV [Bliss, Calendar of Papal Registers I, p. 464]. Cardinal Hugh had a relative (consanguineus), Richard of Duiard, for whom he procured a canonry at the Cathedral of Lichfield [Registres d' Honorius IV, no. 342, p. 253 (February 23, 1286)]. He died on July 27, 1287. It is alleged in the Annales Wigorniae [Annales Monastici IV ed. Luard, pp. 493-494] that he was poisoned; quidam pestilentes venenum vino miscuerunt; quo potu magister Hugo de Evesham cardinalis sexto kal. Augusti vitam finivit temporalem.
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