Pope Innocent III orders the bishop of the Orkneys to receive Lumberd, a layman, the bearer of this letter, and cause him to perform his enjoined penance for having, on an expedition with the earl of Caithness, stormed a castle in which he took the bishop of Caithness, whose tongue he was, as he says, forced by some of the earl’s army to cut out. The penance is to be as follows: he shall hasten home, and, barefooted, and naked except for breeches and a short woollen vest without sleeves – having his tongue tied by a string and drawn out so as to project beyond his lips, and the ends of the string bound round his neck – with rods in his hand, in sight of all men, walk for fifteen days successively through his own native district and the neighbouring country. He is to go to the door of the church and prostrate on the earth, undergo discipline with the rods he is to carry and spend each day in silence and fasting, until evening, when he shall take bread and water only. This shall last fifteen days so that within a month he shall proceed to Jerusalem and serve the Cross for three years, and continue a fast of bread and water every Friday for eleven years and never more bear arms against Christians.
22 February 1202 X 21 February 1203
Pontifical year 5; dated in _Dip. Norv._ [c. 1. Sep.] 1202.
Diplomatarium Norvegicum: oldbreve til kundskab om Norges indre og ydre forholde, sprog, slægter, sæder, lovgivning og rettergang i middelalderen, vol. 7, ed. G. Storm (Christiania, 1898), no. 3 (online at [http://www.dokpro.uio.no/perl/middelalder/diplomvisetekst.prl?b=6541&s=n])
Dip. Norv., vii, no. 3
The Baluze MS reads that he shall fast every Friday for two years