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Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 097: Certificates and Returns of Livings of the Province of Canterbury.

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Title:
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 097: Certificates and Returns of Livings of the Province of Canterbury.
Alternate Title:
Certificates
Language:
English and Latin
Extent:
ff. 249
Approximate Date:
[ca. 1500 - 1599]
Collection:
Parker Manuscripts
Description:
During the middle years of the sixteenth century, the Privy Council requested that the Archbishop of Canterbury supply them with detailed information regarding the holders of English clerical benefices; details such as their level of education, whether or not they were resident or held multiple livings, and their marital status. CCCC MS 122 and MS 97 contain numerous documents relating to this inquiry, including the Privy Council's initial request to Archbishop Matthew Parker, a draft version of Parker's request for information from the bishops and the detailed returns he received back from the bishops (often referred to as the 'Parker Certificates'). Some missing leaves from these two manuscripts, now CCCC MS 580, were discovered in the College Archives and transferred to the Parker Library in 1959.