Nicholas Fleming was Archbishop of Armagh at a time when English power in Ireland was at its weakest, and when the western Church was bitterly divided by schism. His
attempts to maintain peace and order in his troubled province, and his involvement in initiatives to restore the prestige of the papacy are two aspects of his busy primacy that
receive attention in his register.
Issues dealt with in Fleming’s register show that, like Sweteman, he was still trying to protect his tenants from the rapacity of Ó Néill and Ó hAnulain, while the poverty of his own diocese encouraged him to look to the church in Meath for resources.