GRES, GUILLAME DE. Manuscript on vellum, in Latin, March 24, 1258. 1 p, oblong 4to (155 x 210 mm), 20 lines, in a fine secretarial Bâtard hand; later docketing on verso. Fine condition.
A receipt of sale, in the name of Guillaume de Grès, Dean of Beauvais, for two parcels of land to the church of Saint Quentin in Beauvais by Jean Paya and his wife Maria. These parcels of land were likely employed as temporary quarters for the stonemasons and other workmen who were expanding the Cathédrale de Saint-Pierre, busily engaged in the race to build the tallest cathedral in Europe. Under Bishop Guillaume de Grez they succeeded and an extra 16 feet were added. This far surpassed the contemporaneously built Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Amiens and for a time Beauvais boasted the highest vaulted cathedral in Europe.