Clement VII writes to Bishop d'Arcis, ordering him to keep silent on the Shroud, under threat of excommunication.On the same date Clement writes a letter to Geoffrey II de Charny apparently restating the conditions under which expositions could be allowed.Margaret de Charny's half-brother Charles de Noyers negotiates compensation to the Lirey canons for their loss of the Shroud, which they specifically recognize they will not now recover. By an accord drawn up in Paris, Duke Louis I of Savoy agrees to pay the Lirey canons an annual rent, to be drawn from the revenues of the castle of Gaillard, near Geneva, as compensation for their loss of the Shroud.(This is the first surviving document to record that the Shroud has become Savoy property) The accord specifically notes that the Shroud had been given to the church of Lirey by Geoffrey de Charny, lord of Savoisy and Lirey, and that it had then been transferred to Duke Louis by Margaret de Charny. Just over two decades later a chronicle of Savoy will record his acquisition of the Shroud as his greatest achievement.A unique surviving specimen can still be found today at the Cluny Museum in Paris.Reportedly, Bishop Henri refused to believe the Shroud could be genuine and ordered the expositions halted. Geoffrey de Charny is killed by the English at the Battle of Poitiers, during a last stand in which he valiantly defends his king.The bailiff of Troyes reports that on his going to the Lirey church, the dean protested that he did not have the key to the treasury where the Shroud was kept.After a prolonged argument, the bailiff seals the treasury's doors so that the Shroud cannot be spirited away.
Although there is a significant amount of evidence supporting the Shroud's existence prior to the mid 1300's, much of it is, in fact, "circumstantial" and remains mostly unproven.
I wish to include a special note of thanks to Ian Wilson for providing his detailed chronology of Shroud history (circa 1996) as the basis for this page and allowing me to share it with you on this website.
Ian is a highly respected Shroud researcher and noted author.
The king's First Sergeant reports to the bailiff of Troyes that he has informed the dean and canons of the Lirey church that "the cloth was now verbally put into the hands of our lord the king.
The decision has also been conveyed to a squire of the de Charny household for conveyance to his master".