...We prohibit by means of excommunication that dances and indecent games be performed in cemeteries, and that secular cases customarily be tried there especially such that entail the sentence of death...
Record title: Synodal Statutes of Bishop Peter des Roches
Shelfmark: MS. Hatton 92
Repository location: Oxford
The statuta synodalia have no title but internal evidence shows they belong to Winchester and indicates that they date to 1224 (see Cheney, English Synodalia, pp 75–6).
The statutes, ff 154–61v, are the last in the manuscript
and appear to have been separated and then bound in with the rest. The
list of contents is on f 3: the section from ff 1–153 is from the
fifteenth century and includes writings by Mauricius, prior of Kirkham,
followed by two analyses of Ovid's Metamorphoses,
Chronica Tripartita by John Gower, Latin verse
proverbs, prayers, and theological notes. The last section, ff 154–61,
appears to be a separate manuscript that has been bound with the rest.
13th–15th c.; Latin; parchment; 164 leaves (1–3, 162–4 are paper flyleaves); 195mm x 138mm; modern pencil foliation; good condition; 19th-c. brown leather binding over cardboard, title in gold on spine: 'MAURITIUS//HATTON/92' ('92' also in white ink at top of spine). Folios 154–61v can be dated to between 1216 and 1221.