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1354 Bishop Bateman...

.....is not amused!
 

Whilst at Oxford Adam had refined his natural talent for debate and argument. This was undoubtedly a centre piece of the education monks received at the university but the senior clerics who sent them there did not expect these talents to be used against them, against the secular power maybe, but not their superiors in the Church! However when the Bishop of Norwich asked Adam and one of his fellow brothers to return to the Priory for the election of a new Prior, the two students refused. Here the already incandescent Bateman demands they return within 3 days and notes their high spirit of rebellion, before threatening them with excommunication.

Unfortunately for Bateman Adam was turning into a very self-confident student and he went on to not just reject Bateman's demand as illogical (brothers had not been recalled in the past for such an election) but appealed his case to the Pope.

Bateman's response to that has not been handed down to posterity.....

 

W. permissione divina, N(orwicensis) Episcopus dilecto filio B etc salutem. Nos dudum fraters J(ohannes) et A(damus) monachos nostre cathedralis ecclesie Nor’ professos in universitate oxon’ exercicio scolastico insistentes certisque causis decrevimus ad ecclesiam nostrum predictam eorumque monasterium revocandos oesque cum certis monicionibus revocavimus in nostris litteris patentibus. Et licet premissa ad eorum noticiam provenissent opsi tamen spriritu rebellionis assumpto dictis mandates et iniunccionibus nostris huiuscunque parere contemptibiliter non curarunt libros bona et iocalia magna et preciosa ecclesie nostre predicte penes se contra nostrum et capituli nostril voluntatem dampnabiliter retinentes et ea seu eorum aliqua ut fertur in usus eorum in nepharios consumentes. Vobis igitur iniungimus et mandamus quatinus tam in ecclesia nostra cathedrali predicta publice et solempniter quam eos personaliter in loco quo degent moveatis iterum ex habundantia. Qous etiam tenore presence monemus primo secundo et tercio ac peremptory ac sub excommunicacionis pena quatinus infra trium dierum spacium a die monicionis…etc…