Prior William More was prior of Worcester from 1518-1536. He left us his wonderful journal which was transcribed and edited by Ethel S Fagan M.A. (librarian of the Ladies College, Cheltenham) and published by Worcestershire Historical Society in 1914.
Folio 94 of his journal tells us that Prior More spent about thirteen weeks in London from late October 1526, summoned there, it is thought, by Cardinal Wolsey who on November 3rd 1526 issued his injunction at Westminster. Like many of us Prior More did some shopping while he was in London and he records what he bought and the cost, when he returns to Worcester at the end of January 1527 .
.Things bought at London
Item for a pair of carving knives 7s 0d
Item for a pair of brass candlesticks to our lady’s altar
in Grimley church. 2s 4d
Item eight candle sticks for tallow candles.
Item for a little book of St Benedict’s rule 6d
(This is probably a copy of the translation by Bishop Fox
of Winchester, printed in 1516)
Item two books of the seven sacraments 18d
Item a little book of predictions (by Thomas Aquinas) 10d
Item for a book Peter of Anckorano super sexto
(This is a commentary on Pope Boniface’s 1298 compilation
known as the Sext)
Item Phillipus de Franchis super sexto (another commentary on
the work above).
Item Archdiaconus super sexto (a further commentary)
And Cardinal Zaberella’s commentary on Pope Clement’s
Item Pope Innocent’s commentary on the Decretals (the famous
Legal compilation by Pope Gregory IX issued in 1234).
The 5 books above cost Prior More 26s 8d
Item Filinus 2 volumes 15s
(it is not clear what this is, possibly Friar Felix’s book).
Item Fridericus. 14d
(this could be Fridericus II -Privileges of Clergy)
Item 1 book containing 3 counsels viz counsel on abbots,
counsel on Calerinus, counsel on Lodovicus. 11s 3d
Item for spices viz. four loaves of sugar, saffron, almonds etc 36s 5½d
Item for two bonetts 5s 0d
Item for 6 coverlets 19s 0d
Item for 2 quilts 11s 8d
Item for 2 coverlets 9s 4d
Item for a horse bought at London 20s 0d
Item for a Nother horse bought at London 30s 0d
Item, for 2 boggetts bought 2s 0d