There are many questions here regarding "sometime" but none of them looked as if they referred to the Medieval context of the word. I was tempted to write "Middle English" instead of "Medieval England" but I'm not sure that would be correct—I did use the middle-english tag though.
What was the Medieval meaning of "sometime"?
I am asking this because the modern meaning is, as defined in Wiktionary:
- At an indefinite but stated time in the past or future.
- I'll see you at the pub sometime this evening.
- This will certainly happen sometime in the future.
- (obsolete) Sometimes.
- (obsolete) At an unstated past or future time; once; formerly.
Yet, Alison Weir in 'Elizabeth of York' quotes (unspecified origin, but presumably Medieval chroniclers; all in quotation marks in the text):
...'Here lies the body of Richard III, sometime King of England'.
...'eldest legitimate and natural daughter of the late Edward, sometime king of England',...
...'Here rests Queen Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, sometime king; sister of Edward V, who bore the name of king;'...
None of these examples include a definition for time; the time when the mentioned people were kings is clearly undefined. Yet, in this usage that would also mean that the people writing the inscriptions did not know when Richard III/Edward IV/etc were kings (which I don't believe they didn't actually know).