The Register of Gilbert Welton, Bishop of Carlisle 1353-1362

December 1999
221 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Canterbury & York Society
ISBN: 9780907239598
Format: Hardback
Canterbury & York Society

The Register of Gilbert Welton, Bishop of Carlisle 1353-1362

Edited by R.L. Storey

Register of capable ecclesiastical administrator shows him imposing order on impoverished war-ton Carlisle diocese.
Gilbert Welton was an eminent ecclesiastical administrator who won papal favour when visiting the Curia at Avignon. He recruited qualified staff before settling in the impoverished, war-torn diocese of Carlisle, which had not been accustomed to a resident bishop or to a high standard of episcopal government. His professionalism is reflected in the professional quality of his register. Among its contents are a dozen records of matrimonial causes (one Carlisle woman was divorced twice in six weeks); of further social interest are the 59 wills of laymen and beneficed clergy, many of them victims of the second visitation of the Black Death in 1362.
This volume offers a calendar of the whole manuscript, with an appendix of full Latin texts of entries of special interest.


Admirable edition, provided with two excellent indices for persons and places and for subjects... sheds valuable light on the workings of the Church in an often murky corner of England. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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