Venice: April 1520

Pages 9-11

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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April 1520

April 8, Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 326. 32. News from England of the frequent arrivals there of envoys from the Emperor, who was said to have been to his mother at Tordesillas, and to be hastening to embark at Corunna for his voyage to Flanders. Account of great preparations making in England for the interview with the most Christian King.
April 10. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 343. 33. Antonio Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The King of England, understanding that the King of France and his courtiers were making great preparations, wrote that he intended to do likewise, and should he delay a few days beyond the appointed time King Francis was not to be surprised, as he, King Henry, did thus to put himself in order.
Blois, 10th April. Registered by Sanuto, 21st April.
April 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 376. 34. Articles of Agreement or Treaty concerning the interview to be held between Henry VIII. and the Emperor Charles V., drawn up by Thomas Ruthal, Bishop of Durham, Cuthbert Tunstal Vice Chancellor and Master of the Rolls, Richard Pace, chief secretary, and Thomas More, on the one part; and by Bernard de Mesa, Bishop of Elna, and Philip Haneton, chief secretary of the order of the Golden Fleece, on the other. (fn. 1)
London, 11th April 1520. Registered by Sanuto, 30th April.
[Latin, 6 pages, folio.]
April 11. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, vol. xlviii.p. 112, tergo. 35. Decree of the Senate, respecting Cardinal Wolsey's
Expedient at the present time to keep the right reverend Cardinal of York well disposed towards us by reason of the supreme authority and favour enjoyed by him with the King of England. His right reverend Lordship having asked the nobleman Sebastian Giustmian, knight, for from 60 to 100 carpets, and having again with extreme earnestness repeated his demand and urged it to our ambassador now resident in England:
Put to the ballot—To purchase in this our city 60 beautiful and choice carpets, at the cost of 600 ducats; the carpets to be selected and purchased as the College shall direct, and sent to London by land, and presented by our ambassador to the Cardinal in the Signory's name. The present decree to be notified to our ambassador, to be communicated forthwith to his right reverend Lordship.
Ayes, 151. Noes, 10. Neutrals, 1.
[Italian, 21 lines.]
April 13. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 353. 36. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
Mention by the ambassador of the King's wish to delay the interview, at the instigation of the Spanish envoys, but that at length his Majesty settled to hold it at the end of May.
Details his conversations with Cardinal Wolsey.
Dated 13th April; received at Venice on 27 April. (Note by Sanuto that the letter had travelled very expeditiously.)
April 22. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 385. 37. Antonio Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The expected interview with the King of England would certainly take place at the appointed time, though it was apprehended that the Emperor's conference with the King of England would take place first.
Blois, 22nd April. Registered by Sanuto, 2nd May.
April 23. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. pp. 403–404. 38. Francesco Cornaro, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Signory.
His arrival there from St. James of Compostella. Corunna had a good harbour, but the houses were all of wood with pitched roofs, so that he fancied himself on ship-board. The fleet for the Emperor's passage would consist of about 80 vessels. The Emperor would embark on board one of 800 butts, and that the rest averaged from 300 to 500 butts each. The gentleman [John de la Sauch] sent by the Emperor to the King of England, with a message to the effect that he purposed going to speak to him even in. his own palace, had returned, bringing back word that King Henry longed for his arrival, and would send five well-appointed ships to meet him. The Emperor would set sail in 15 or 20 days, perhaps sooner.
It was certain the interview would take place. On St. George's Day, the Emperor went to church wearing the insignia of the Garter, which the King of England had sent to him.
Corunna, 23rd April. Registered by Sanuto, 12th May.
April 26. Misti Consiglio X. v. xliii. p. 140. 39. The Council of Ten and Junta to the Ambassador in France.
Send copies of letters from Constantinople, and by reason of the peril with which Christendom is threatened, he is to urge his most Christian Majesty to write to the King of England to arm and take steps for the maintenance of religion from overthrow. Is to add that the State is arming, and will not fail doing all that their power admits.
Ayes, 27. Noes, 0. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 23 lines.]
April 27. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxviii. p. 353. 40. Antonio Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The King of England had written to King Francis to delay the interview until July. When the English ambassador [Sir Richard Wingfield] spoke to the King, his Majesty became very wrath, saying, “He wants to delay that he may speak first to the Catholic King; but were it so I would never speak to him.” Letters having consequently been written to England, King Henry would attend the conference on the 1st of June, because King Francis wrote to him that otherwise he should cross over to England, as the Queen of France, who wished to be present, was in the sixth month of her pregnancy, and could not come were the interview delayed.
Blois, —. Registered by Sanuto, 27th April.


  • 1. Of this treaty there is no mention in Hall; but it is alluded to in a note to Lingard, vol. 4, p. 197. (Edition, London, 1854.) The original document, on vellum, is preserved in the Public Record Office. (See Mr. Bre wer's Calendar, vol. iii., no. 740.)