Clement VII writes to Bishop d'Arcis, ordering him to keep silent on the Shroud, under threat of excommunication.
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 history of the Shroud of Turin can be best studied by dividing it into two specific categories.
The general consensus of even the most doubting researchers is to accept a "1350" date as the beginning of the "undisputed" or documented history of the Shroud of Turin.
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.
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".
Within a month his widow, Jeanne de Vergy, appeals to the Regent of France to pass the financial grants, formerly made to Geoffrey, on to his son, Geoffrey II. The Shroud remains in the de Charny family's possession.
A letter signed by King Charles VI of France orders the bailiff of Troyes to seize the Shroud at Lirey and deposit it in another of Troyes' churches pending his further decision about its disposition.
He keeps it in his castle of Montfort near Montbard. Hippolyte sur Doubs, in the chapel called des Buessarts.