Venice: March 1520

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 3, 1520-1526. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1869.

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March 1520

March 3. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 298. 22. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
The interview would take place next May; one of the two Kings going to Boulogne, the other to Calais.
Had been told by Cardinal Wolsey, that at the Verona conference the Signory demanded the surrender of towns not mentioned in the articles of the treaty.
London, 27th February and 3rd March. Registered, 26th March.
March 3. Senato Mar, vol xix. p. 123. 23. Reduction of Duties on Merchandise imported from England.
Motion made in the Senate by the proveditors for the London factory.
Complaints made by the Spanish, Flemish, and other merchants, of the exorbitant duty on kerseys and other western produce, amounting to 2½ per cent. Wherefore the proveditors moved that all western produce brought to Venice, by land or sea, by natives or foreigners (with the exception of the goods brought to the German warehouse, which had always been exempt from duty), pay the sole quota of one per cent., should they not have paid the consuls on exporting from the west. Should they have paid, then to bring certificates or otherwise pay the quota. The reduction of the quota not retrospective. The act not to alter the duties at present levied by the factory in London.
Ayes, 132. Noes, 13. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 21 lines.]
March 10. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 321. 24. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
The interview between his Majesty and the King of France was to take place at Calais or Boulogne on the 24th of May.
The Emperor had sent an envoy to the King of England, to prevent the interview, but the King was firm, and was making great preparations of apparel and other things, including a most costly tent, for the King's use beyond sea.
Cardinal Wolsey adroitly urged the Signory to have him supplied with 60 Cairo carpets.
In the French towns the King of England was to take precedence of the King of France. One or two jousts were to be performed, and the two Kings themselves meant to joust.
Dated 10th March. Registered by Sanuto, 3rd April.
March 12. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii, pp. 371–375. 25. Articles of Agreement concerning the interview to be held between between Henry VIII. and Francis I., drawn up by Cardinal Wolsey on the 12th March 1519[–1520]. Modification of the original treaty stipulated in London on the 8th October 1518. (fn. 1)
Registered by Sanuto, 30th April.
[Latin, 4 pages, and 14 lines, folio.] (fn. 2)
March 12. Minio's Original Letter Book, MS. penes me. Letter no. 473. 26. Marco Minio to the Signory.
The Pope advised from France that the interview between King Francis and King Henry would take place, and some persons thought the Catholic King was hastening his departure from Spain, that he might be the first to confer with King Henry. The Catholic King would hold the Cortes at Corunna, and embark there.
Rome, 12th March 1520.
March 14. Sanuto Diaries v. xxviii. p.296. 27. Antonio Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The King would confer with the King of England in May, and was going to Paris for that purpose.
Angouleme, 11th and 14th March. Registered, 26th March.
March 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 298. 28. Martin Luther.
Copy of a paragraph in a letter addressed to Lorenzo Bragadin, by Friar Gabriel, General of the Friars-Hermits, and dated Rome, 16th of March 1520.
Nothing more done about Martin, save that all the theologians of Rome have debated together three times in the presence of the Cardinals of Ancona and San Sixtus, discussing certain propositions of the said Martin's, part of which were considered heretical, part scandalous.
All the generals of the orders have in like manner stated their objections, and the reasons which cause them to remonstrate.
It is now said that a bull extraordinary will be drawn up, reproving his said false propositions without naming him; but I think that he will be admonished by a private brief, and invited to recant, and should he not recant but persevere in his obstinacy, they will proceed against him as a heretic.
Registered by Sanuto, 26th March.
March 27. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, vol. xlviii. p. 109, tergo. 29. The Doge and Senate to the Venetian Ambassador in England.
Received his two letters of the 28th ultimo, and 3rd instant, acquainting them that the King had said that they had demanded of the Emperor the restitution of certain towns and places, contrary to the clauses of the new league between his Majesty and the other Christian powers. Have understood his reply, for which they praise him. To inform the King and the Cardinal, should he think fit, that the State never had the slightest thought of violating the league, and that the conference was held solely for the purpose of arranging certain disputes connected with the quinquennial truce negotiated between the late Emperor and themselves, and confirmed by the present Emperor. That in virtue of this truce, they at the conference demanded certain property belonging to private individuals, their subjects, and the right of jurisdiction appertaining to the State. That the disputes were referred to the French ambassador, and the Imperial commissioners, alleging they had not sufficient powers, had delayed the settlement, promising that the Emperor would never fail in what was just and fair. To justify all their proceedings, which aim solely at the maintenance of the truce, and the removal of any cause for discord and dissension between the subjects of the Emperor and the State.
Ayes, 193. Noes, 5. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 42 lines.]
March 30. Senato Mar, v. xix. p. 126. 30. Limited Dimensions of Venetian Galleys destined for the Merchant Service.
Motion made in the Senate for the remedy of a great abuse in the construction of the Signory's trading galleys, which were built of so immoderate a size that, when completed, in order to bring them out of the Arsenal it was requisite to narrow the “poetize,” (fn. 3) by which means, it being impossible in case of need to aid the galleys with the oars, they ran the risk of being wrecked, as had been seen recently at Rosetta and Aboukir.
For the future no heavy galley to be built exceeding 100 feet in length, under penalty of 100 ducats to the master builders, and of dismissal from the Arsenal for two consecutive years.
Two galleys then building in the Arsenal, of the prohibited dimensions, of which the keel alone and the “cavi” were on the stocks, to be reduced to the due measurement of 160 feet.
Ayes, 149. Noes, 11. Neutrals, 0.
March 30. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 346. 31. Francesco Cornaro, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Signory.
Had obtained the safeconduct for the Flanders galleys. Arrival at Corunna of 35 ships for the Emperor's passage to Flanders, and as many more were expected. The King of England was to send 40 ships to the Land's End as convoy for his Majesty.
S. Giacomo di Compostella, 25th, 29th, and 30th March.
Registered by Sanuto, 23rd April.


  • 1. See Hall, p. 601. (Edition, London, 1809.)
  • 2. Each page of the Marciana copy of Sanuto's Diaries contains, on an average, 48 Lines.
  • 3. “Stringer lc postlze” In Boerio's Venetian Dictionary it is stated that in modern timea “Posticcia” signified the upper part of a ship.