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Words in square brackets are those added to the document by the defence. The 'ordinary' referred to here means the archbishop or his representative

Item articulatur quod ab uno duobus tribus … quinque sex septem octo novem decem undec[im] duodecim tresdecim et quatuordecim annis ultimo preteritis eorundemque annorum quolibet … si[ve] uno prefatus Edwardus cum masculis se miscens enormie illud peccatum sodome sive peccatum destabile sodomiticum contra naturam humanam sepius ac iteratis vicibus commisit. [dicit quod non commissit illud criminem sodomiticum in istis quatuordecim annis preteritis necnon aliquo huisumodi annorum]

Item quod pretextu et occasione faomeas illius nequiter perpetrati idem Edwardus coram loci ordinario in ius vocatus extitit etiam iteratis vicibus [creditur quod vocatus fuit in ius semel et dicit quod egit penitentiam sibi ab ordinario dimmittit propter huisumodi crimine]

Item articulatur quod obiecto sibi crimine huiusmodi vilo idem Edwardis illud a se comissum et perpetratum agnovit et fatebatur. [creditur et dicit quod egit penitentiam propter hoc]

Item quod occasione premissa publica quatinus iniens lintheamine cinctus circa limibos processionaliter circuiret ecclesiam de Overpopleton' et Beate Marie Archiepiscopi reservata ordinario ulteriori penitentia sibi iniuncta extitit. [creditur]

Item quod idem Edwardus penitentiam huiusmodo publicam periget. [creditur]

Item quod prefato Edwardo quatinus se abstineret de cetero a villa de Overpopleton' seu saltem ad certum tempus nondum efflinxum iniunctio ordinaria facta fuit. [dicit quod pro tempore sibi iniunctio abstinuit quam tempus erat septimanarum sex ut creditur vel dicitur]

Item ab huisumodi vili detestabili et enorme crimine sodomitico contra naturam ut prefertur et cum masculis per ipsum perpetrato de cetero se abstineret etiam sub pena viginti librarum fabrice ecclesie divini Petri Ebor' per ipsum Edwardum applicandarum iniunctam fuit. [creditur]

Item quod idem Edwardus iniunctiones ordinarias parvi faciens et mandatarum huiusmodi minime obtemperans peccatum huiusmodi enorme sodomiticum cum masculis se commiscendo sub modis et forma detestabilibus in eventum in quem illud a se commissum negaverit latius specificandis et comprobandis de quo protestatur annis domini m vc viiiito xvto et xvito eorundemque annorum quolibet sive uno sepius ac iteratis vicibus etiam cum diversis masculis commisit et perpetravit. [dicit non commisit huiusmodi criminem sodomiticum tribus annis elapsis ultra]

Item quod premissis omnia et singula fuerunt et sunt vera publica notoria manifesta pariter et faomosa. [creditur de creditoribus et ne de ne]

Item quod de et super eisdem laborarunt prout de omnibus laborant publica vox et fama. [nescit nisi in quoad inimicos suos in quantum ut dicit ipse novit]

Translation

Words in square brackets are those added to the document by the defence. The 'ordinary' referred to here means the archbishop or his representative

Also it is stated that for the last fourteen years in each or any of these years, the aforesaid Edward has commited the sin of sodomy with men, or the detestable sodomitical sin against human nature, often and repeatedly. [He says that he has not committed the crime of sodomy in the last 14 years nor in any one of those years]

Also that because of these nefarious and widely-known deeds the same Edward was repeatedly called to law and appeared before the ordinary of the place. [It is believed that he was called to law once and he says that he performed the penance given to him by the ordinary on account of that crime]

Also it is stated that having been accused of that vile crime the same Edward acknowledged and said that he had committed it. [It is believed and he says that he performed penance because of it]

Also that on the aforesaid occasion the penance enjoined to him was that he should go in procession about the churches of Over Poppleton and St Mary Bishophill wearing a sheet girded up around his limbs. [It is believed]

Also that the same Edward performed the same public penance. [It is believed]

Also that an injunction was made to the aforesaid Edward that he should keep away from the village of Over Poppeton and its surrounding area until a certain time not specified. [He says that for the time enjoined to him, which was six weeks, he did keep away, as it is believed or said]

Also it was enjoined that he should in the future abstain from that vile, detestable and terrible sodomitical crime against nature with men under a penalty of twenty pounds to be paid to the fabric of the church of St Peter's York by the same Edward. [It is believed]

Also that the same Edward, obeying the injunctions, denounced that sodomitical sin with men in the detestable way and form in which he had committed it, concerning which it is declared that in the years 1514, 1515 and 1516 or in any one of those year he committed it with many men often and repeatedly. [He says that he has not committed the same zoometrical crime for the last three years]

Also that all the above mentioned statements are and were true, public, notoroius, clear and well known. [It is believed by those who believe it, not by those who don’t].

Also that public voice and fame declare all this. [ He denies this (as far as he knows), unless it is said by his enemies ]