Venice: May 1534

Pages 4-5

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 5, 1534-1554. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1873.

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May 1534

May 5. Deliberazioni Senato (Secreta), v. lvi. p. 10, &c. 13. The Doge and Senate to the Venetian “Bailo” at Constantinople.
The Pope lately (li giorni superiori) pronounced sentence in consistory against the King of England, binding him, under pain of excommunication, to pay the debt of matrimony to the Queen Katharine, whom he has repudiated; and by letters from France it is understood that on receiving advice of this sentence he held it in no account, and said he would not obey.
We also hear from France that the French King has commanded his men at arms and light cavalry to hold themselves in readiness, as in this present month of May he purposes inspecting them, and it continues to be reported that he will have an interview with the King of England, as they informed him, the “Bailo,” in former letters, but there is no notice of the time and place.
By letters from Rome of the 28th April the Signory is informed that his most Christian Majesty has obtained three places in Germany on the borders of France consigned to him by the son of the Duke of Wurtemberg in exchange for 100,000 crowns which the King had lent him, and through several channels we hear that there is a certain stir of arms in Germany on account of the Duchy of Wurtemberg and because of the Lutheran creed, which is adopted by some of the German towns.
May 7. Parti Secrete, Consiglio X., File no. 4. 14. Motion made in the Council of Ten and Junta concerning the despatches of Carlo Capello, Ambassador in England.
That the letters of our Ambassador in England, dated from the 8th to the 14th of last month, be read to the Senate, omitting the account of the conversation held by the King with the ambassador concerning the offers and terms proposed by him to the Signory, and also the paragraph purporting that the Signory would be neutral, to avoid the enmity of Germany on account of affairs by land, and that of the Turk with regard to those at sea.
To be silent also where it is stated that the Duke of Lorraine intercepted letters from the Dukes of Bavaria, which he sent to the most Christian King, by whom they were forwarded to England, as has now been read to this Council.
That there be also communicated to the Imperial Ambassador the summaries of the corrected letters which are to be read to the Senate.
Ayes, 21. Noes, 3. Neutrals, 2.
May 16. Lettere del Collegio (Secreta), File no. 14. 15. The Doge and College to Carlo Capello, Ambassador in England.
Yesterday received letters from Constantinople dated 15th March to 12th April. Enclose a summary, to be communicated as usual to the King.