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Four mendicant doctors of divinity, chosen by Lancaster, came with him to defend him against the "possessioners," while the Duke of Lancaster himself, and Henry Percy, the new marshal, also accompanied him to overawe the bishops by their authority.
Fitzralph had the sympathy not only of the seculars, but of the "possessioners," or property-holding monks.
The title in the original is as follows: -- "Querimonia librorum contra religiosos possessionatos," i.e. "possessioners," as contrasted with the mendicant friars.
V The complaint of books against the possessioners
On June 12th, 1595, * he was constituted one of the Commis - sioners for propagating the province of Munster, in Ireland, with English inhabitants, and for compounding with the possessioners of lands in the said provincej having, as the commission expresses, been employed in the same service for three years before.
And then afore all other worldly things, I give and bequeathe my soul to almightie God my maker, redeemer and saviour, humbly de« siring our Ladye Saynt Marie the virgin mother of our Lord Jeitants, and for compounding with the possessioners of lands in the said province; having, as the commission expresses, been employed in the same service for three years before.