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interest. The Sussex brasses can only be explain­ed by reference to those existing elsewhere, and to the custom of the Middle Ages in relation to 11 indulgences." Dr. Fairbank has called attention to indulgences granted by the Archbishop of York at the close of the thirteenth and beginning of the fourteenth century. Thus, in 1286, there is one of ten days for the soul of a man buried at Dover, one of an unmentioned term for a man buried at Kirkstall, one for a lady whose body is buried at " Bysse-mede " and whose heart is buried at Cam­bridge, and for another lady buried at Lincoln. There is also one of ten days for a man and wife who are buried at Stapleford. Although it is not expressly stated, these indulgences were probably granted to those who prayed for the well-being of these departed persons. There can be no doubt in the historic instance of Eleanor, the well-beloved wife of Edward I. The King wrote to Archbishop Romano desiring the prayers of the faithful for the dead Queen, and the Archbishop granted a forty days' indulgence to those who should offer prayer on behalf of Queen Eleanor's soul. This was granted 28th November, and again 8th December, 1290. Again, in 1319, Archbishop Melton gave an indulgence of thirty
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