HODIE sumul convenerunt memorati Domini
et Communes, secundum Regium Edictum, ad hjorm assignatam.
|p.Reverendissimus in Christo Pater Archiepus.
p. Epus. London.
p. Epus. Wintonienss.
p. Epus. Wellen. et Bath.
p. Abbas Westm.
p. Abbas fancti Albani.
p. Abbas fancti Augustini Cant.
p. Abbas Burgi fancti Edmundi.
p. Abbas de Redinge.
p. Abbas de Hida.
p. Abbas fancti Benedicti de Hulmo.
p. Abbas de Bello.
p. Abbas de Winchombe.
p. Abbas de Colcestrie.
p. Abbas de Waltham.
|p. Dux Richmoundie.
p. Dux Northf.
p. Dux Suff.
p. Marchio Exonie.
p. Comes Arundell.
p. Comes Oxonie.
p. Comes Northumb'land.
p. Comes Westm'land.
p. Comes Salop.
p. Comes Derbie.
p. Comes Rutland.
p. Comes Comb'land.
p. Comes Sussex.
p. Comes Huntington.
p. Prior fancti Johannis Herlm.
p. Ds. Burgavenney.
p. Ds. Zouch.
p. Ds. Barkeley.
p. Ds. Montague.
p. Ds. Rochford.
p. Ds. Morley.
p. Ds. Dacres de Gillisland.
p. Ds. Cobham.
p. Ds. Mantraverse.
p. Ds. Talbot.
p. Ds. Ferrers.
p. Ds. Scrop.
p. Ds. Latym.
p. Ds. Powes.
p. Ds. Mountyoie.
Ds. Gray de Wilton.
p. Ds. Fitzwarren.
p. Ds. Lumley.
p. Ds. Daubany.
p. Ds. Vaulx.
p. Ds. Windefour.
p. Ds. Mordaunt.
HODIE, ad horam prescriptam, Domino Rege in suo solio
sedente, convenerunt memorati Domini, cum Communibus de Domo Inferiori
simul presentibus, quorum Prolocutor, Humfridus Wingfeld,
Miles, Orationem, quam Dominius Rex humanissime acceptavit, luculenter
pandebat; cui sine imposito et responsu habito, Thomas Audeley,
Miles Anglie Cancellarius, ex Regio Jussu, (universis et singulis
que utraque Domus ad Reipublice Commodum excogitaverunt conducibilia
lectus, per Regium eximium Consensum ratificatis) presens Parliamentum
realiter prorogabat in tertium diem mensis Novembris immediate sequentis;
ad quem quidem diem, ex Regia parte, mandans universis et singulis
quorum obsequium est in hac parte, simul ad domos consuetas sine
|Ac, ex Regia parte, preterea intimabat, "unum Actum
inter ceteros in hac Sessione Parliamenti editum, concernentem Confirmationem
Juris, quod Regii Exitus de Corporibus Domini Regis nostri metuendissimi,
et Domine Anno Confortis sue, Anglie Regine, procreati, sive
procreandi, habere debent ad Coronam Imperialem hujus Regionis Anglie,
primum et commodissimum esse; in quo constituitur inter cetera, quod
omnes et singuli, ac in solidi corporalia, prestiterint Sacramenta,
et peragere at perimplere omnia in codem Actu comprehensa, quibus
observandis felicitas hujus Regni consistit, quam quidem executionem
prefatus Dominus Rex per suas Literas Patentes, cum tenore Juramenti
eisdem annexo infra scriptas, commisit illustribus Viris, predicto
Domino Cancellario, T. Archiepiscopo Cant. Thome
duci Northf. Thesaurario Anglie, et Carolo Duci
Suff. in Regia Presentia juratis, ut ad eundem effectum Sacramenta
Corporalia ceterorum tam Dominorum Spiritualium quam Temporalium ac
Communium accipiant, ut per transcriptum ejusdem Actus cui jurati
sua subscripterunt Nomina."
|Quo dicto, recessit prefatus Dominus Rex.
Et postmodum ceteri omnes, penultimo die mensis martii, anno Regni
prefati Domini nostri Regis illustrissimi Henrici Octavi, post Conquestum
Anglie vicesimo quinto.
The Commission to take the Oath.
HENRICUS Octavus, Dei Gratia, Anglie et Francie
Rex, Fidei Defensor, et Dominus Hibernie, Reverendissimo
in Christo Parti Thome Cant. Archiepiscopo, totius Anglie
Primati et Metropolitano, ac Dilecto et Fideli suo Thome Audeley,
Militi, Cancellario Nostro Anglie, nec non Charissimis Consanguineis
Nostris Thome Duci Northf. Thesaurario Nostro Anglie,
et Carolo Duci Suff. Salutem.
Sciatis quod Nos, de Fidelitatibus et providis Circumspectionibus
vestris plenius confidentes, assignavimus vos Tres, et Duos vestrum,
ac tenore presentium damus vobis Tribus, et Duobus vestrum, plenam
Potestatem et /Auctoritatem capiend. et recipiend. Sacramentum et
Fidelitatem omnium et singulorum Ducium, Comitum, Baronum, Episcoporum,
Abbatum, Priorum, Militum, ac omnium et singulorum aliorum Legiorum
et Subditorum Nostrorum, quorumcunque cujuscunque Gradus seu Conditionis
fuerunt, juxta vim, formam et effectum, cujusdam Statuti, in presenti
Parliamento Nostro, Securitatem, Statum et Successionem Nostram concernentem
editi et provisi, ac juxta tenorem Sacramenti presentibus annexi;
et idem Sacramentum sic ceperitis, Nos de nominibus eorum qui hujusmodi
Sacreamentum coram vobis prestabunt in Cancellaria Nostra, sub Sigillis
vestris trium, vel duorum vestrum, sine dilacione reddatis certiores,
remittentes Nobis has Literas Nostras Patentes, et ideo vobis mandamus
quod circa premissa diligenter intendatis ac ea faciere et exequamini
cum effectu. In cujus rei testimonium has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus
Patentes. Teste Meipso apud Westm. xxx° die Martii, Anno Regni
Today the aforesaid Lords and Commons assembled together, in accordance
with royal edict, at the designated hour.
Present: The King
(p) The very reverend father in Christ, Archbishop of Canterbury
Bishop of London
(p) Bishop of Winchester
Bishop of Lincoln
(p) Bishop of Bath and Wells
(p) Abbot of Westminster
(p) Abbot of St Albans
(p) Abbot of St Augustine’s Canterbury
(p) Abbot of Bury St Edmunds
(p) Abbot of Reading
(p) Abbot of Hyde
(p) Abbot of St Benet of Hulme
(p) Abbot of Battle
(p) Abbot of Winchcombe
(p) Abbot of Colchester
Abbot of Shrewsbury
(p) Abbot of Waltham
(p) Duke of Richmond
(p) Duke of Norfolk
(p) Duke of Suffolk
(p) Marquess of Exeter
(p) Earl of Arundel
(p) Earl of Oxford
(p) Earl of Northumberland
(p) Earl of Westmorland
(p) Earl of Shrewsbury
(p) Earl of Derby
Earl of Worcester
(p) Earl of Rutland
(p) Earl of Cumberland
Earl of Wiltshire
(p) Earl of Sussex
(p) Earl of Huntingdon
(p) Prior of St John of Jerusalem
(p) Lord Bergavenny
(p) Lord Zouche
(p) Lord Berkeley
(p) Lord Montague
(p) Lord Rochford
(p) Lord Morley
(p) Lord Dacre of Gilsland
(p) Lord Cobham
(p) Lord Mautravers
(p) Lord Talbot
(p) Lord Ferrers
(p) Lord Scrope
(p) Lord Latimer
(p) Lord Powis
(p) Lord Mountjoy
Lord Grey of Wilton
(p) Lord Fitzwarren
(p) Lord Lumley
(p) Lord Daubeney
(p) Lord Vaux
(p) Lord Windsor
(p) Lord Mordaunt
Today, at the prescribed hour, the aforementioned Lords, assembled
before the King, seated on his throne, with the Commons of the lower
House also present, whose Speaker, Sir Humphrey Wingfeld, knight,
made an eloquent speech, which the King most graciously received;
and when he had finished and a response had been duly given, Sir
Thomas Audley, knight, Chancellor of England, at the command of
the King ( after all billswhich both Houses considered conducive
to the good of the State had been ratified by royal consent) prorogued
the present parliament until the third day of November following;
on which day, on behalf of the King, he commanded all and singular
who owed allegiance in that behalf to return to their respective
Houses (i.e of parliament) without delay.
Moreover, on behalf of the King, [Sir Thomas] spoke about one Act
among the others enacted in this session which concerned the confirmation
of the law that the royal issue begotten now or in the future of
the bodies of our fearsome lord the King, and the lady Anne his
consort, Queen of England, should be considered first and most fit
[for the succession] to the imperial crown of this region of England;
whereby it is established that all and singular should swear a corporal
oath to undertake and to fulfill all that is in the same Act, on
whose observance the good fortune of this realm is founded. And
the lord King has entrusted the execution [of this Act] by letters
patent written below, with the text of the oath annexed to the same,
to illustrious men, [namely] the aforesaid Lord Chancellor, Thomas,
Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, Treasurer of
England, and Charles, Duke of Suffolk, who were sworn in the royal
presence to receive the corporal oaths to the same effect [sworn
by] others, both Lords Spiritual and Temporal and the Commons, according
to the transcript of the same Act to which those who have sworn
have subscribed their names.
At the conclusion of this speech, the said lord King withdrew.
And afterwards all the others [departed] on the penultimate day
of March in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of our illustrious
lord King , Henry the Eighth after the Conquest of England [30 March
The Commission to take the oath.
Henry the Eighth, by the grace of God, King of England and France,
Defender of the Faith, and lord of Ireland, to the most reverend
father in Christ, Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and
Metropolitan of all England, and to his beloved and faithful Thomas
Audley, knight, our Chancellor of England, also to our most dear
cousins Thomas duke of Norfolk, our Treasurer of England, and Charles
duke of Suffolk. Greetings. Know that we, fully trusting in your
loyal and prudent discretion have appointed you three, and two of
you, and grant by these presents to you three, or two of you, full
power and authority to take and to receive the oath and allegiance
of all and singular dukes, earls, barons, bishops, abbots, priors,
knights, and all and singular other our lieges and subjects, of
whatsoever degree or condition they might be, according to the force,
form and effect of that Statute enacted in our present parliament
concerning our security, estate and succession, and according to
the text of the oath annexed to these presents; and when you receive
this oath, you will inform us without delay of the names of those
who will take this oath before you in our Chancery, under the seals
of three or two of you, returning to us these our letters patent.
And so we order you to intend [i.e. undertake], accomplish and execute
the aforementioned [task] diligently and effectively. In witness
of which we have had made these letters patent. Witness myself at
Westminster, 30th day of March, in the 35th year of our reign.
[Original in English]
"Ye shall swear to bear your Faith, Truth, and Obedience,
alonely to the King's Majesty, and to the Heirs of his Body, according
to the Limitation and Rehearsal within this Statute of Succession
above specified, and not to any other within this Realm, nor foreign
Authority, Prince, or Potentate; and in case any Oath be made, or
hath been made, b y you, to any other Persdon or Persons, that then
you to repute the same as vain and annihilate; and that to your
Cunning, Wit, and uttermost of your Power, without Guile, Fraud,
or other undue Means, ye shall observe, keep, maintain, and defend,
this Act above specified, and all the whole Contents and Effectxs
thereof, and all other Acts and Statutes made since the Beginning
of this present Parliament, in Confirmation or for due Execution
of the same, or of any thing therein contained; and thus ye shall
do against all Manner of Persons, of what Estate, Dignity, Degree,
or Condition soever they be, and in no wise do or attempt, nor to
your Power suffer to be done or attempted, directly or indirectly,
any Thing or Things, privily or apertly, to the Let, Hindrance,
Damage, or Derogation thereof, or of any Part of the same, by any
Manner of Means, or for any Manner of Pretence or Cause.
So help you God and all Saints"