Rome: January 1577

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Vatican Archives, Volume 2, 1572-1578. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.

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January 1577

Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. x. f. 448.
567. [Nicholas Ormanetto, Bishop of Padua,] Nuncio in Spain to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
“The King is in a good mood as to the English business; and as soon as Flemish affairs get well settled, he will give his mind to the execution of the project.
“At last the English ambassador has presented himself here. He makes profession of being a Catholic and of being minded to live as such; and Dr. Sander tells me that he is held to be a Catholic, though one must suppose the contrary, seeing that he serves a heretic Prince. What his errand is we know not as yet, nor has he as yet spoken with the King. Every one says that he will reside at this Court. I have done the office that it behoved me to do, and repeated all the reasons that I urged for dismissing the other; and his Majesty takes it well, and so does the Inquisitor Major, with whom I have discussed the matter.”
24 Jan., 1577. [Madrid.] Decipher. Italian.
f. 452.
568. The Same to the Same.
… “The English ambassador had his audience yesterday. He wears about his hand the crown of our Lady. He has entered on no business with his Majesty save to make intercession on the part of his pretended Queen for pardon of the States of Flanders that have been in revolt after such a fashion, the said intercession having been craved of her by the said States. This man makes great profession of being a Catholic. But by what we see he will not be long here; and for once his Majesty's mind is made up.”
26 Jan., 1577. Madrid. Decipher. Italian.