Order from John of Gaunt's Register Book

TNA: DL 42/14

f 8 (1 November)

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Ceste endenture faite parentre Iohan Roy &c dune part & Iohan de Bokyngham Clarioner dautre part tesmoigne que le dit Iohan est demurez et retenuz deuers le dit Roy & duc pur pees & pur guerre a terme de sa vie en manere qensuet Cest assauoir que le dit Iohan serra tenuz a seruir le dit Roy & duc come Clarioner a terme de sa vie tant en temps de pees come de guerre & pur trauailler ovesque lui as queles parties que plerra au dit Roy & duc bien & couenablement arraiez come homme darmes pur la guerre Et serra le dit Iohan en temps de pees cestassauoir a les quatre grantz festes de lan & auxint quant il serra enuoiees par lettres de meisme le Roy & duc a bouche de Court & prendra vij d. ob. le iour pur ses gages deinz Court pur lui ses gentz & chivaux Et comencera le dit Iohan la table des ministralx le dit Roy & duc Et prendra auxint en temps de pees .xij d. le iour pur ses gages quant il serra hors de court en les busoignes du dit Roy & duc & de sone mandement/ Et prendra le dit Iohan pur son fee en temps de pees Cent souldz par an a terme de sa vie par les mains del Receiuour general de meisme celui Roy & duc qi pur le temps serra as termes de Pasques et de seint Michel par oueles porcions Et en temps de guerre le dit Iohan prendra pur son fee de guerre dys liures par an & tieles gages pur la guerre come autre de sa condicion prendront par les mains del Tresorer du dit Roy & duc pur la querre qi pur le temps serra Et endroit des prisoners & autres profitz de guerre par lui ou nulles de ses gentz pris ou gaignez ensemblement & de leskippeson pur lui ses gentz chivaux et autres leurs hernoys le dit Roy & duc ferra a lui come il ferra as autres de sa condicion En tesmoignance &c donne &c.

f 15 (6 November)

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Iohan &c A nostre trescher & bien ame Clerc sire William de Chuseldon nostre Receuour de leycestre & aillours saluz Nous vous mandons que des issues de vostre Receite facez paier facez paier a noz bien amez Rollekyn Petrekyn henri & hankyn noz ministralx leur annueltees destine de seint Michel darein passez Et aussint facez paier a touz noz ministres & Officers deinz vostre Receite leur feez & gages a eux duz & acustumez & en manere come vouz solastes en temps passez. Noz autres lettres a vouz nagaires enuoiees au contraire nient contreefieantes. Receiuant deuers vouz lettres dacquitances desouz les sealx des ditz Rollekyn Petrekyn Henri & Hankyn tesmoignantes les paiementz queux vouz leur ensi ferrez par queles lettres & par cestes nous volons que vous eueiez due allouance en vostre aconte Et outre ce vouz mandons que touz les deniers remenantz en vostre main de vostre Recette portez ou enuoiez a nouz a nostre Chastel de kenilleworth pur y liuerer a nostre Receiuour general. Et ce ne lessez.. Donne &c a nostre Chastel de Kenilleworth le sisme iour de Nouembre lan &c tierz

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  • Record Translation

    f 8 (1 November)

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    This indenture made between John, king, etc, of the one part and John de Buckingham, clarioner of the other part, witnesses that the said John is kept and retained before the said king and duke for peace and for war for the term of his life in the following manner, that is to say, that the said John will be retained to serve the said king and duke as clarioner for the term of his life both in times of peace and of war and to work with him in such regions as are pleasing to the said king and duke, well and fittingly arrayed as a man of arms for the war. And in times of peace, that is to say, at the four great feasts of the year and also when he is summoned by letters of the same king and duke, the said John shall have an allowance for food and will take 7 1/2d per day for his wages in the court for himself, his people, and horses. And the said John shall begin the table of the minstrels (of) the said king and duke and he shall take also in times of peace 12d a day for his wages when he is away from court on the business of the said king and duke and of their command. And the said John will take for his fee in times of peace 100s per year for the term of his life by the hands of the receiver general of that same king and duke who for the time will be at the terms of Easter and St Michael by equal portions. And in times of war the said John will take for his fee £10 per year and such wages for the war as others of his condition shall take, by the hands of the treasurer of the said king and duke for the war who for the time will be and regarding prisoners and other profits of war by him or any of his people taken or won together with the shipping for him, his people, horses, and others, their harnesses, the king and duke will treat him as he will treat others of his condition. In witness, etc. Given, etc.

    f 15 (6 November)

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    John, etc, to our very dear and much loved clerk Sir William de Chuseldon, our receiver of Leicester and elsewhere, greetings. We command you that you from the revenues of your receipts you cause to be paid our much loved Rollekyn, Petreken, Henry, and Hankyn our minstrels their annuities ordered from St Michael last past and also cause to be paid to all our minstrels and officers within your receipt their fees and wages due and customary to them and in the manner as you are accustomed in time past – our other letters recently sent to you to the contrary notwithstanding – receiving from you letters of acquittances under the seals of the said Rollekyn, Petrekyn, Henry, and Hankyn witnessing the payments which you have thus made to them. By which letters and by this one we wish that you have due allowance in your account. And in addition to this we command that you bring in your hand or send to us at our castle in Kenilworth the remaining monies of your receipt in order to deliver it there to our receiver general. And do not overlook this. Given, etc, at our castle of Kenilworth, 6 November in the third year, etc.

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  • Glossed Terms
    • plerra fut 3 pl of plaisir [AND]
    • bouche in phr estre a bouche en court, estre a bouche de court to have an allowance for food [AND bouche]
    • nientcontresfecantes, nient contreefieantes postpositive prep notwithstanding
  • Document Description

    Record title: Order from John of Gaunt's Register Book
    Repository: TNA
    Shelfmark: DL 42/14
    Repository location: Kew

    John of Gaunt's two register books contain various orders, including orders for payments, letters, and many other types of official records concerning the running of the vast duchy of Lancaster. Some of the orders are addressed to borough and other local officials within the duchy, and deal with local arrangements. Two such excerpts deal with Newcastle under Lyme and Tutbury, and hence the register books are fully described above, under those boroughs. The register books also contain a vast amount of material about the running of Gaunt's various households in England, as far-flung as Bamburgh, Leicester, Kenilworth, Kingston Lacy, Hertford, and the Savoy, as well as others in Europe. Records of his payments for minstrels and other entertainers have been transcribed, wherever activities or payments for them may have occurred, because the administrative centres of the duchy appear to have been Tutbury and Kenilworth. The register books have been published as John of Gaunt's Register, Part I (1371-1375), Sydney Armitage-Smith (ed), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 20–1, 2 vols (London, 1911); John of Gaunt's Register, Part II (1379–83), Eleanor C. Lodge and Robert Somerville (eds), Camden Society, 3rd ser, 56–7, 2 vols (London, 1937).

    1379–83; French; parchment; ii + 153 + ii (fly leaves part of binding); 350mm x 230mm; modern (inaccurate) and antiquarian (accurate) foliation; contemporary repair on f 113; bound in 19th-c. brown cloth with leather spine and corners, title on spine: 'Duchy of Lancaster Miscell Books.'

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