Venice: November 1536

Pages 50-51

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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November 1536

Nov. 7. Despatches, Venetian Archives, File no. 4 B. 124. The Same to the Same.
The Rev. French Ambassador is informed by letters from his court, dated the 23rd ult., that the most Christian King proceeds more slowly than at first with regard to giving his daughter to the King of Scotland, because the King of England, in order to thwart this marriage, now makes fresh proposals and various offers to his most Christian Majesty, who is going [from Moulins] to Blois, and then to Paris and into Picardy.
Rome, 7th November.
Nov. 27. Despatches, Venetian Archives, File no. 4 B. 125. The Same to the Same.
The Pope having heard lately of the disturbances and insurrection in England against the King, sent off in haste the bull depriving him of his kingdom, absolving his subjects from their oath, and excommunicating all those who serve his Majesty or adhere to him; of which bull I gave notice to your Serenity on the 7th and 16th November, and on the 11th December 1535. Concerning these English affairs, letters have been received from Lyons, to the effect that the rebels are more powerful (più possenti) than ever, and in the field they had a Duke (sic) as their commander, who was likewise powerful (potente), [but?] hesitated to give battle because he did not know whom to trust.
Rome, 27th November.
Nov. 30. Despatches, Venetian Archives, File no. 4 B. 126. The Same to the Same.
Letters from Madame Maria, (fn. 1) dated Antwerp the 12th, about the affairs of England, purport that when the first insurrection broke out, the King sought to quiet it by means of the Duke of Norfolk, and pardoned the rebels, promising to inflict no punishment, notwithstanding which, his Majesty caused some 50 of the ringleaders to be executed, so that the rebels rose a second time, and not merely those in the North, but also a great number of others in another quarter of the Island, so that altogether they were much more numerous than they had been at first, the Duke of Norfolk having joined them (sic), (fn. 2) seeing that the King had broken faith to them, and they had seized several places; and the stir was of such importance that the King withdrew to London.
The Pope has great hopes that matters will proceed prosperously for the rebels.
Rome, 30th November.


  • 1. Maria of Austria, Queen widow of Hungary, Governess of the Low Countries.
  • 2. “Con h quali si è accostato il Duca prefato vedendo ch' el Re li havea rotta la fede.”