The will of the Countess of Cambridge
In the name of God, Amen. On the feast of
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15th August), in the
year of our Lord 1446, I, Matilda of York, Countess of Cambridge,
being of right mind and sound memory make my will in this manner:
First, I leave and commend my soul to God and the Blessed Mary
and all his Saints, and my body to be buried in the monastery
Roche, in the chapel of the Blessed Mary, before her image, situated
in the southern part of the church of the said monastery. (2)
A stone of alabaster should lie over my body, raised aloft like
a tomb, with an effigy, after the manner which I will tell my executors.
Also, I leave to each chaplain present at my funeral twelve-pence,
and to each parochial clergyman, six-pence.
Also, that my executors organise that wax be burnt around my body
at the time of my funeral, according to their discretion.
Also, thirteen poor persons should be clothed in white gowns, and
each of them shall carry a large twisted wax taper, in honour of
Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mary, and all His Saints;
these should be held by them at the time of my funeral and my Mass,
and each of them should receive twelve-pence.
Also I leave to three chaplains of honest conversation forty-two
marks that they may celebrate and pray for my soul and for the soul
of my lord and for the souls of my parents; and that one keep a
school, should he wish.
Also, that every year each of them say thirty masses of the Blessed
Gregory, and, when they can conveniently do so, daily say in their
masses this prayer: Deus qui est summa nostrae Redemptionis
Also, I leave to Roche one white vestment so that one monk of the
same place will celebrate for my soul for a week, and have daily
one penny; and another monk for another week, and so each in turn
may separately celebrate and pray for my soul in the said monastery,
for the space of seven years complete.
Also, I leave to the abbot of Roche 6s 8d, and to each monk there
twenty pennies on the day of my burial.
Also, I leave to the abbot and convent of the same place forty if
they are willing sufficiently to show their obligation to their
founder and, once a year, for ever, for my souls health, celebrate
my obit in funeral services and a mass with two candles burning
over my body during the same time.
Also, my whole vestment of red colour, worked with gold, with one
chalice and two phials, two candlesticks of the finest silver, and
one silver bell, should remain with my body for the perpetual use
of the said church.
[The will continues, listing benefactions to other religious
... In witness whereof I have to this present
writing affixed my seal. Given in the monastery of Roche on the