Venice: August 1520

Pages 84-85

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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August 1520

Aug. 1. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 107. 113. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
The King was at one place, and Cardinal Wolsey at another. He (the ambassador) was in London, indisposed, owing to the sea voyage.
London, 1st August. Registered by Sanuto, 17th August.
Aug. 17. Misti Consiglio X. v. xliii. p. 187, tergo. 114. Decree of the Council of Ten, authorizing consignment to the College of letters or paragraphs of letters addressed to the Ten from Rome, England, or elsewhere, that they may be communicated to the Senate.
[Latin, 15 lines.]
Aug. 18. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix p. 150. 115. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
Cardinal Wolsey was gone to “Our Lady of-.” An ambassador [Francis de Montmorency, Seigneur de la Rochepot], (fn. 1) a great personage, has arrived from the most Christian King, merely to see his brother; and although there is another French ambassador in London [John de Sains, Sieur de Marigny], (fn. 2) the King chooses him to remain permanently.
On the day of the Assumption, 15th August, the Signcry's galleys, Zuan Moro captain, set sail for Venice, well laden, etc. The King was at his usual residence out of London, taking his pleasure here and there, and avoiding the heat.
London, 18th August. Registered by Sanuto, 4th September.
Aug. 26. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. pp. 125, 126. 116. Martin Luther. (Note by Sanuto.)
On Sunday the 26th, in the College, Dominus Octavian Britonico, the Patriarch's vicar, presented a printed brief from the Pope condemning the doctrine (scientia) and works of the Austin friar, Martin Luther, the German, (fn. 3) and for bidding any one under pain of excommunication to read said books, or to keep them in the house; and he asked leave to send the “captains” to the house of the bookseller Jordan, the German, at San Maurizio, to seize the aforesaid books printed in Germany, and sent for sale to Venice. The College therefore despatched Thomà de' Freschi, secretary of the Council of Ten, with said vicar to make this seizure; and they took what works he had; but I had procured one of them, and have it in my study.


  • 1. Brother of Anne de Montmorency, Marshal of France. He was one of the hostages sent to England by Francis I., in 1519.
  • 2. See Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. iii. nos. 951, 953.
  • 3. This was probably the Bull dated Rome, 17 kalends of July 1520; but the words of Sanuto are “uno breve.”