Monday, 14 January 2013

Case of a Norman Criminous Cleric

This is the case of a certain Norman , called Henry Buison, a criminous cleric who was found guilty after confessing to the manufacture of counterfeit money and putting it into circulation at Bayeaux. For this crime he was chained up and imprisoned by the king's officer's. After much effort the diocesan bishop gained his release on the condition that he was go into exile, and have his lands and moveable property forfeit. He was subsequently degraded by the archbishop.  These events were dated approximately 1159.This is seen to be a case already showing Henry II's total dissatisfaction with the way the church was dealing with its wayward clerics, long even before even before the Constitutions of Clarendon were compiled.


Charles Homer Haskins. Norman Institutions. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. p. 171 ISBN 978-1-58477-710-6
Copy in Internet Archive
See Appendix I
Charles Homer Haskins (1 October 2006). Norman Institutions. The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.. pp. 329–. ISBN 978-1-58477-710-6
Schriber, Carolyn Polling. (1988). The Decretal In Litteris and the Case of Henry the Counterfeiter. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 19(1). Retrieved from:

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