Presumptionis est


    Index to the model letters
  1. Reply to a request made by someone who claims to have been injured by the lord of Poitou.

  2. Presumptionis est...
  3. Letter of commendation by a bishop for an unnamed cleric, who had been ordained by the bishop's predecessor in office, C. Asks that this priest be allowed to celebrate masses and to seek subsidies from parrishioners.

  4. Quam carnalibus pater...
  5. A merchant complains that he was cuckolded by his business partner on the way to the fairs, who deceived his wife by pretending to administer medicine for her lame foot.

  6. Sacrosancte ius...
  7. Someone at Paris writes to a friend concerning unfulfilled promises.

  8. Amico promissio facta...
  9. Letter of alliance.

  10. Fortibus se stipat...
  11. Letter to a father of a student, warning him of the student's bad morals.

  12. Qui iugum detractat...
  13. Letter of thanks to someone who has looked after the sender's interests in his absence.

  14. Auctor beneficiorum...
  15. Sender complains that addressee's predecessors owed the duke of Aquitaine an annual payment of fifty Poitvin horses. He is warned to have the horses within twelve days and to appear at the sender's court, otherwise he will be severely punished and made an example for others.

  16. Regiam decet amplitudinem...
  17. Letter of complaint by a son who had unsuccessfully sought money from his father.

  18. Qui sperata deficiunt subsidia...
  19. Letter of apology to a benefactor.

  20. Qui benefactorem suum...
  21. Sender complains that Raoul de Faye, the seneschal of Aquitaine has devasted his land and asks addressee to summon him to court.

  22. Fortitudo suorum propugnaculum...
  23. Concerning paternal advice with respect to addressee's intention to become a monk.

  24. Expedit stare consilio...
  25. Letter of complain by someone sent to a hostile place, who wishes to return home.

  26. Ubi res non cadit...
  27. Letter promising help to a friend.

  28. Ubi angustia amici...
  29. Letter asking help from a high church prelate (perhaps the archbishop of Tours: see letter no. 25 below), that he warn count H., who has despoiled the serfs of the church of Saint Martin with new taxes, that he must restore that which he has usurped. Otherwise the recipient should lay on count H.'s lands a general interdict.

  30. In sancte opressionibus ecclesie...
  31. Letter of a prisoner.

  32. Ob culpam alterius...
  33. Consolatory letter of friendship.

  34. Amice consuetudinis...
  35. Letter seeking condolances from a friend.

  36. Parum habet humanitatis,...
  37. Letter of a student seeking paternal financial aid.

  38. Qui paternum negatur auxilium...
  39. Letter from a friend to one newly raised in office, seeking help.

  40. Iocunda est potentia...
  41. Letter of exhortation to friendship. Sender is worried that his friend will forget him, now that he has attained high ecclesiastical office.

  42. Qui amicum propter honorem...
  43. Letter of generalities with respect to marriage.

  44. Cum recens est testa...
  45. Letter of the canons of a church to the king, that he prudently provide a new treasurer for them, after the death of their old treasurer.

  46. In rebus destitutis...
  47. A king installs one of his soldiers as a castellan and bids him to keep constant watch against enemy plots.

  48. Quod salubre novimus infirmitati...
  49. Canons of St. Martin of Tours complain to the pope, that they have entreated the archbishop of Tours, without success, concerning their knight G., who has unlawfully taken their goods.

  50. Qui sancte regimen suscipit...
  51. A knight seeks help from the king against count B., who envies the cities, castles and walls of the king's lands and threatens the knight without cease.

  52. Qua ingressus potest...
  53. Cardinals ask canons of an unidentified church that their friend D. be provided with a prebend.

  54. Fructuosum est eius petitioni...
  55. A prelate asks his clerics that they accept as their archdeacon his nephew, who studies at Paris.

  56. Ornamentum est sancte ecclesie...
  57. Monks ask the king to complete his vow to rebuild their church, destroyed by fire.

  58. Regie maiestatis est nil...
  59. The vassals of the king of France are advised to join him in the peace treaty recently made with the king of England.

  60. Cedendum est necessitati...
  61. A cleric confesses to his bishop that he has violated the bishop's interdict and asks forgiveness.

  62. Quo se proderet...
  63. Townfolk complain to the king of France that his baliff has subjected them to a harsh yoke of oppression.

  64. Amorem suorum alienat...
  65. A count complains to the king that count T. has devasted his land and burned the neighboring villages, because of his adhesion to the king. He asks for royal help.

  66. In suum hostibus...
  67. Letter of spiritual counsel from one friend to another, who has recently become a monk.

  68. Qui indeficiente radiat...
  69. A knight protests to the king that his anger is unwarranted.

  70. Dementie est murum...
  71. Letter of friendship, solliciting a visit.

  72. Quos animi uniunt...
  73. Charter of a peace treaty between the kings of France and England.

  74. Laudabilis est scripture custodia... -- Translation
  75. Mother's reply to a filial letter of consolation.

  76. Acerbius urit recens...
  77. Letter of friendship from a poor student to a monk.

  78. Tutum est gratiam alligare...
  79. Letter of a student at Chartres to his father, who has run out of funds and asks that his father send more.

  80. Dilectio genitoris potest ...
  81. Letter of friendship, responding to request for money.

  82. Diversitas locorum conversationem...
  83. Serfs request the king that he install a peace between his warring vassals.

  84. Maiestati incumbit regie...
  85. Letter certifying that someone has carried out what his friend has asked him to do.

  86. Eius tenenda sunt consilia...
  87. Letter of a cleric to his bishop, asking that he be granted the next vacant benefice.

  88. Sue dignitatis culmen lustrat...
  89. The bishop replies that he cannot grant this request, the benefice has been granted to another.

  90. Sue dignitatis culmen lustrat...
  91. Letter commissioning a friend to act as a seneschal over some land.

  92. Non utile est adherere...
  93. A lord thanks his servant for taking him into his trust.

  94. Qui a domino honoratur...
  95. Letter between two friends arranging the marriage of a daughter.

  96. Ab amico accepta beneficia...
  97. Response to the previous letter, agreeing to arrange that marriage.

  98. In amicum offendit...
  99. Letter of exhortation to a lady, that she should become a nun.

  100. Qui discretione et scientia...
  101. The lady responds that she is unsuited to religious vows.

  102. Ad deportandam sarcinam...
  103. A student thanks his teacher and beseeches him to return to their classroom.

  104. Quos incrementum suscipit...
  105. The teacher replies that he must remain true to his religious vow and rebuffs the student's accusations of bad faith.

  106. Qui mente devota iugo...
  107. Letter to a king by his vassal, who seeks peace.

  108. Qui sceptrum dignitatis...
  109. The king replies that he does not trust the sender, who has often lied, and therefore will not make peace.

  110. In Scillam reformidat relabi...
  111. Letter of canons to the pope seeking confirmation of their election of B. as bishop.

  112. Novercari noscitur iustitie...
  113. A student at Paris seeks funds from his lay brothers.

  114. Nullius fraternitas ponderis...
  115. Encyclical letter sent by M., bishop of Lerida, seeking funds for the dedemption of captives from the Saracens.

  116. Cum omnes per primi lapsum...
  117. Encyclical letter off commendation issued by M., bishop of Lerida and carried by an unnamed traveling cleric, requesting that he be allowed to celebrate Mass wherever he goes.

  118. Effectu sue petitionis...
  119. Encyclical letter similar to the letter no. 59.

  120. Suo non debent effectu...
  121. Monks accuse their abbot of insufficiency and laxness.

  122. Grex frequentibus vulneratus...
  123. One friend offers consolation to another concerning the misfortune of their mutual friend, the lord of Scobiensis.

  124. Plerumque, unde magis gaudemus...
  125. Encyclical letter of commendation, requesting that the bearer be admitted as a canon.

  126. Firmis columnis domum Dei...
  127. The chapter responds that by papal privilege they have only fifty prebends for canons, of which there are presently none vacant.

  128. Quod de apostolico...
  129. A part of the cathedral chapter asks the pope to confirm their recent election of M. as bishop and praise his merits.

  130. Ad institutionem pastoris...
  131. Another part of the chapter disputes this election and accuses M. of foul morals.

  132. Qui recte disponit ecclesie...
  133. Monks of a royal foundation complain to the king that their neighbor F. has attempted to shift their land borders, has stolen their cattle, beat their serfs and striven to transfer their rights into his own. They ask the king to call both parties to judgement, to determine the correct borders.

  134. Regalis est magnificentie...
  135. The neighbor replies that contrary to their claim, it is the monks who have usurped their neighbor's land, and asks that the king decide the issue.

  136. Votum vicium est tinee...
  137. An archdeacon complains to his bishop that his parrishioners dispute payments they owe him and even scheme to kill him. He asks the bishop to force them to restitution of the archdeacon's rights and bring about a resolution of this conflict.

  138. Adhibenda est ibi districtior...
  139. The parrishioners respond that their church owes nothing to the archdeacon, as is proven by the testimony of many privileges. They complain that the archdeacon makes these claims only from avarice and ask the bishop to determine how much they owe him annually.

  140. Predecessorum decreta tenetur...
  141. A canon complains to the pope that the bishop of Leon has suspended him and despoiled him of his prebend and other benefices. The canon seeks restitution and disciplining of the bishop.

  142. In obpressione iniuriarum...
  143. The bishop of Leon responds that with the consent of the whole chapter he has deposed canon B., who had stained his clerical hands with dice and gambling and had reformed his behaviour after repeated warnings. The bishop asks the pope not to heed the canon's requests.

  144. Ad ea que presentis vite...
  145. Love letter to a married woman, seeking to attain her embraces.

  146. Qui diligentem se non diligit...
  147. The lady addressed in the previous letter replies that she will remain true to her husband.

  148. Que alligata marito...
  149. A peasant complains to the king that he saw another peasant discover and keep buried treasure, which rightfully belongs to the royal fisc. He asks that the violator be forced to return that treasure.

  150. Regie derogat maiestati,...
  151. The accused peasant responds that his neighbor has made this false accusation because of envy.

  152. Unicum est invidie solatium...
  153. A brother writes to his brother, who he will not take a wife unless she is beautiful in all respects, that he has found the perfect bride.

  154. Fortunatum sortitus est coniugium...
  155. The brother replies that the prospective bride has unsavoury morals.

  156. Colore favorabilis est...
  157. A cleric sends a letter of thanks to his benefactor (perhaps his godfather).

  158. Vere liberalitatis animum...
  159. Canons of St. Martin of Tours complain that they have the privilege, issued by the pope, of preferring to vacant prebends the candidates of their choice and that the dean is infringing this privilege.

  160. Qui aliorum iura sibi usurpare...

Ab amico accepta beneficia... 48.
Acerbius urit recens... 38.
Ad deportandam sarcinam... 51.
Ad ea que presentis vite... 72.
Ad institutionem pastoris... 65.
Adhibenda est ibi districtior... 69.
Amice consuetudinis... 17.
Amico promissio facta... 4.
Amorem suorum alienat... 32.
Auctor beneficiorum... 7.
Cedendum est necessitati... 30.
Colore favorabilis est... 78.
Cum omnes per primi lapsum... 58.
Cum recens est testa... 22.
Dementie est murum... 35.
Dilectio genitoris potest ... 40.
Diversitas locorum conversationem... 41.
Effectu sue petitionis... 59.
Eius tenenda sunt consilia... 43.
Expedit stare consilio... 12.
Firmis columnis domum Dei... 63.
Fortibus se stipat... 5.
Fortitudo suorum propugnaculum... 11.
Fortunatum sortitus est coniugium... 77.
Fructuosum est eius petitioni... 27.
Grex frequentibus vulneratus... 61.
In amicum offendit... 49.
In obpressione iniuriarum... 71.
In rebus destitutis... 23.
In sancte opressionibus ecclesie... 15.
In Scillam reformidat relabi... 55.
In suum hostibus... 33.
Iocunda est potentia... 20.
Laudabilis est scripture custodia... 37.
Maiestati incumbit regie... 42.
Non utile est adherere... 46.
Novercari noscitur iustitie... 56.
Nullius fraternitas ponderis... 57.
Ob culpam alterius... 16.
Ornamentum est sancte ecclesie... 28.
Parum habet humanitatis,... 18.
Plerumque, unde magis gaudemus... 62.
Predecessorum decreta tenetur... 70.
Presumptionis est... 1.
Qua ingressus potest... 26.
Quam carnalibus pater... 2.
Que alligata marito... 74.
Qui a domino honoratur... 47.
Qui aliorum iura sibi usurpare... 80.
Qui amicum propter honorem... 21.
Qui benefactorem suum... 10.
Qui diligentem se non diligit... 73.
Qui discretione et scientia... 50.
Qui indeficiente radiat... 34.
Qui iugum detractat... 6.
Qui mente devota iugo... 53.
Qui paternum negatur auxilium... 19.
Qui recte disponit ecclesie... 66.
Qui sancte regimen suscipit... 25.
Qui sceptrum dignitatis... 54.
Qui sperata deficiunt subsidia... 9.
Quo se proderet... 31.
Quod de apostolico... 64.
Quod salubre novimus infirmitati... 24.
Quos animi uniunt... 36.
Quos incrementum suscipit... 52.
Regalis est magnificentie... 67.
Regiam decet amplitudinem... 8.
Regie derogat maiestati,... 75.
Regie maiestatis est nil... 29.
Sacrosancte ius... 3.
Sue dignitatis culmen lustrat... 44.
Sue dignitatis culmen lustrat... 45.
Suo non debent effectu... 60.
Tutum est gratiam alligare... 39.
Ubi angustia amici... 14.
Ubi res non cadit... 13.
Unicum est invidie solatium... 76.
Vere liberalitatis animum... 79.
Votum vicium est tinee... 68.

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© Steven M. Wight, Los Angeles 1998
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