This Day in History: 1252-12-23

On 23rd December 1252, Peter of Chester (or Peter of Lascy, illegitimate son of John de Lacy, lord of Pontefract, Constable of Chester and Earl of Lincoln) was called a kinsman of the Earl of Lincoln in a mandate by Pope Innocent IV to the Bishop of London to grant him dispensation to hold benefices (a church appointment for which property and income are provided in respect of pastoral duties) in plurality to the value of £100 a year (£165,000 in today’s money).