Ian is a highly respected Shroud researcher and noted author.
His many books are listed on the "Shroud Booklist" page of this site.
On the same date Clement writes a letter to Geoffrey II de Charny apparently restating the conditions under which expositions could be allowed.
That day he also writes to other relevant individuals, asking them to ensure that his orders are obeyed.
The Hundred Year War had been raging between France and England for over eleven years and the Black Death had just finished ravaging most of Europe when Geoffrey de Charny, a French knight, writes to Pope Clement VI reporting his intention to build a church at Lirey, France. Mary of Lirey church to honor the Holy Trinity who answered his prayers for a miraculous escape while a prisoner of the English.The decision has also been conveyed to a squire of the de Charny household for conveyance to his master".Bishop Pierre d'Arcis of Troyes appeals to anti-pope Clement VII at Avignon concerning the exhibiting of the Shroud at Lirey.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.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.
After a prolonged argument, the bailiff seals the treasury's doors so that the Shroud cannot be spirited away.