RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoP.D. [or PD]
Extent141 items
TitlePapal Documents (PD)
Date23 Dec 1146-1 September 1609
DescriptionA collection of papal bulls and receipts, some of which were addressed to the archbishop (nos. 5, 12, 28, 32, 67, 75, 80, 93, 96, 110 [originals] and 79a-e [copies]) but the majority of which relate to monastic houses.

2 main series:
Documents issued by the popes (nos. 1-127, incl. 94a and 97a)
Documents issued by the papal officers and officials of the Curia (nos. 128-135, incl. 128b, 128c, 129b and 129c)
ArrangementOriginally arranged by A.C. Ducarel in the 18th cent. and bound up as MSS. 643-644; disbound, arranged chronologically and sequentially numbered in 1960.
FindingAidsJane E. Sayers, 'Original Papal Documents in the Lambeth Palace Library' (Bulletin of the I.H.R. special suppl. 6, Nov 1967). Round brackets ( ) indicate comments, and additional information. Angled brackets < > indicate doubtful readings and extensions. Square brackets [ ] indicate information supplied from another source. Forward slashes / indicate a change of hand. A bar | indicates a new line (noted only where not obvious). Symbols are reproduced in the published catalogue, or where too difficult to reproduce in published form were described verbally. The Sayers catalogue gives a full introduction to the records and their provenance (pp. 1-8), including (pp. 6-8) a description of the approach taken in cataloguing. It also includes an index of initia.

Previously described as MSS 643-644 in M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932): 'BULLAE PAPARUM'. Also noted in H.J. Todd, A catalogue of the archiepiscopal manuscripts in the library at Lambeth Palace (1812).

First catalogued by Henry Wharton, Lambeth Librarian c. 1688-1691: see MS 580. Listed as MSS 643-644 under David Wilkins, Lambeth Librarian 1715-1718.
CustodialHistoryDocuments came to Lambeth following the dissolution of the monasteries. Detailed discussion of the composition and custodial history of the collection in Professor Sayers' catalogue. Formerly MSS 643-644.
[Anonymous annotation in the Reading Room copy of M.R. James: 'Some of these bulls are endorsed with a note of their exhibition (in the Faculty Office?) in 1537, which is similar to endorsements on papal and other indults in Carte Misc. IV q.v.'].
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1252

Micropublication of the papal bulls (as MS 643, MS 644) is available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section II. Law Manuscripts. Reel 18 (with MSS. 778, 788, & 1042)
RelatedMaterialArchbishops' archives. See also MS 951 no. 14 (52), which was not included in the Papal Documents catalogue.
PublnNoteWalther Holtzmann, 'Papsturkunden in England', vol. 1, pp. 191-201 [Lambeth Palace Library JD1042.H6]: papal bulls in Lambeth Palace Library.
Jane Sayers, 'Original papal documents in England and Wales from the accession of Pope Innocent III to the death of Pope Benedict XI (1198-1304)' (1999) [Lambeth Palace Library H1210.S2].
P. N. R. Zutshi, 'Original papal leters in England, 1305-1415' (Citta del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1990) [Lambeth Palace Library H850.R6]. Includes text of selected Lambeth papal documents.
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