Vetusta Monumenta: Ancient Monuments, a Digital Edition

Plate 3.38: Chimney Piece in the Bishop’s Palace at Exeter (Original Explanatory Account)


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THIS Plate represents a chimney-piece erected in the bishop’s palace at Exeter by Peter Courtenay, who was consecrated Bishop of Exeter, A.D. 1477, and translated to Winchester, A.D. 1486; had formerly been Master of St. Anthony’s Hospital, in London, and resigned that place on a pension of one hundred marks per annum, A.D. 1474, on the annexing of the hospital to the royal chapel at Windsor1.

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The arms of Courtenay impaled by those of the see of Exeter are in the centre compartment. In that on the left hand is the former coat single, supported by two swans collared and chained. Motto Arma Petri Exon epi. [translation to be completed] And on the right hand it impales Hungerford, supported by two boars with the Courtenay label round their necks. Motto arma Patris et Matris. [translation to be completed]

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