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APPENDIX III - Letter of Wenceslas IV. to Pope Gregory IX

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 March 2012

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The following letter addressed by Wenceslas IV., King of Bohemia, to Pope Gregory IX., in 1237, is of special interest as it shows that he was writing in support of one of the two applications made in 1238 by Blessed Agnes to the Holy See. It is difficult to decide whether it relates to her application for the Convent at Prag to be allowed to renounce possessions, or to her application to be allowed to follow the modified form of the Rule of San Damiano:—

Wenceslaus IV. Boemorum rex Gregorio IX. papae gratias refert “pro eo quod vos carissimae filiae vestrae ac praedilectae sorori meae d. Agneti, de ordine pauperum dominarum, nunquam desinitis affectum benevolum impertiri. Nam ista hoc testatur, quod nullas preces vestrae sanctitati se unquam meminit porexisse, quarum mox optabilem effectum a paternitate vestra non fuerit consecuta. Proinde spondeo et promitto, quod exhoc vobis et sanctae Romanae ecclesiae semper promptior et paratior ex animo volo esse in omni necessitate seu opportunitate publica et privata: praesertim si [preces] praedictae specialis filiae vestrae ac dilectissimae sororis meae germanae, quas ipsa vobis porrigere impraesentiarum decrevit intra sacrarium exauditionis vestrae solita benignitate duxeritis admittendas, hoc certum et per omnia ratum habentes, quia per hoc, quod satisfacitis votis eius—me—cum omni virtute mea sub vestram omni respectu redigitis potestatem; nec mirum, quoniam eam, ut verum fatear, sicut conjugem et liberos et universa bona diligo, cunctisque mortalibus praefero in affectu. Datum Pragae anno ab inc. dom. MCCXXXVII, regni nostro anno IX.”

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Some New Sources for the Life of Blessed Agnes of Bohemia
Including a Fourteenth-Century Latin Version (Bamberg, Misc. Hist. 146, E. VII, 19): and a Fifteenth-Century German Version (Berlin, Germ. Oct. 484)
, pp. 175
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2010
First published in: 1915

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