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PARDON BRASSES.                             15
evensong in the feast of the Trinity, and there say Paternosters and 3 aves for my soul and the soul aforesaid."
In the middle aisle of York Cathedral there was buried John Albain, painter, and his wife Alice, for praying for whom eighty days' pardon is granted; there is no date. An undated tomb, once in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, gives one hundred days. That of William de Basynge, prior of Winchester, promised three years one hundred and forty-five days of pardon. Dr. Rock explains it as a pardon of forty days multi­plied by the number of bishops, thirty-one, who had concurred in the grant.# This he regards as an abuse.
At Great Coates, Lincolnshire, on the brass of Sir Thomas Barnardiston and his lady, 1503, is a similar grant of pardon :—
" Of yd charite say a pr noster aue & creed, & ye schall haue a C days of p'don to yor med."
The epitaph formerly on the brass of John Marsham and wife, St. John's, Maddermarket, Norwich, 1525, illustrates the change of religious opinion at this period. The original inscription was in ten English lines, and concluded :—
* Church of our Fathers, vol. iii., p. 74.
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