Conditions of the
2. As soon as Prince Arthur shall have completed his
fourteenth year of age, his marriage with the Princess
Katharine shall be contracted per verba de prœsenti, either
in person or by proxy. Both contracting parties promise to
procure that the marriage be hereafter consummated.
3. In case either of the contracting parties should wish
that the marriage should be contracted per verba de prœsenti
after Prince Arthur has completed the twelfth year of his
age, the other contracting party promises to do all in his
power in order to have the marriage contracted in as complete
a manner as though Prince Arthur had completed the fourteenth
year of his age.
4. The Princess Katharine is to be sent to London, Gravesend,
Southampton, or any other English port, as soon as her
marriage is contracted, Ferdinand and Isabella paying the
expenses. If the marriage take place before Prince Arthur
has completed the fourteenth year of his age, the dispensation
of the Pope must be procured.
5. The marriage portion of the Princess Katharine is 200,000
scudos, each scudo 4s. 2d. sterling. 100,000 scudos must be
paid in money within ten days before or after the celebration
of the marriage, 50,000 scudos in money within the
next year, and 50,000 scudos within the second year. All
these payments are to be made in England. The last 50,000
scudos can be paid in the following manner :—
15,000 scudos in gold ;
15,000 scudos in vessels of gold, silver, or gilt silver ;
20,000 scudos in diamonds and other precious stones.
The price of the vessels and precious stones is to be fixed
by sworn valuers, according to the price for which such things
can be sold in England at the time. All the property of
Ferdinand and Isabella and of their subjects is pledged as
security for the punctual payments of the said marriage
6. The dower of the Princess Katharine consists of the third
part of the revenues of Wales, Cornwall, and Chester. Good
towns, villages, and cities, the revenues of which amount to
the third part of the revenues of Wales, Cornwall, and
Chester, will be assigned to the Princess within ten days
before or after the solemnization of her marriage.
7. When the Princess Katharine becomes Queen of England
her dower will be augmented to the amount of the dower of
other Queens of England. Henry VII. pledges all his
property and the property of all his subjects as security for
the fulfilment of his obligations.
8. If the other children of Ferdinand and Isabella should
die without heirs, the Princess Katharine is to succeed to the
throne of Castile and Arragon in the same manner as though
she had always lived in Spain. But from all other inheritance
in Spain she is excluded.—London, 1st October 1496.
Latin on parchment. pp. 16.
Eg. MSS. 616.
165. Richard Of England (Perkin Warbeck) to Bernard
De La Forse.
Has been credibly informed that he had shown great love,
favour, and kindness to King Edward IV., his father, and
rendered him signal services. King Edward, on the other
hand, had held him in high esteem. Begs him to render
him the same services he had rendered to King Edward,
and to use his influence with his friends in Spain, in order
that the King might favour him. Promises to be grateful to
him and to his son Anthony De la Forse, who has accompanied
him into different countries, and goes now with this
letter to Spain.—From Edinburgh, in Scotland, 18th October.
Addressed : "To our trusty and right entirely beloved
Bernard De la Forse, Knight, at Fuentarabia, in
Indorsed by Almazan : "To their Highnesses, from the
Duke of York."
English. pp. 2.
Printed in Archœologia, vol. XXVII., p. 182.