Milan
1536

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1912

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'Milan: 1536', Calendar of State Papers and Manuscripts in the Archives and Collections of Milan: 1385-1618 (1912), pp. 578-580. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=92294 Date accessed: 24 July 2014.


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1536

1536.
[Feb].
Carteggio
Generale.
Milan
Archives.
969. The Cardinal of Mantua to [Antonio de Leyva]. (fn. 1)
The King of France has sent his ambassador a letter of the 12th ult. from the King of England, informing him of the death of the old queen and asking him to rejoice with him and giving him to understand that now she is dead he will be able to deal with his adversaries at more advantage than before, but as the Most Christian had been his good friend in all his fortunes he would never fail him, and begs him to make use of him more than ever. The pope attaches great importance to this and is glad of it, as when he heard the news of the queen's death he was afraid lest these two kings should make choice where we are sure they will be united together.
[Italian; deciphered.]
Aug. 12.
Carteggio
Generale.
Milan
Archives.
970. By Letters from England of the 12th August, 1536. (fn. 2)
The princess is well, thank God. The king, her father, has treated her much better than he used, and I hope that in a few days they will agree to things with which she will be content. I will advise your lordship when there is anything to report.
Up to the present the solicitation which the French have made and continue to make has not done them any good, and I hope that it may not do so.
They say for certain that the King of Scotland left his kingdom twenty days ago with four ships. Up to the present they do not know where he has gone. There is cause for wonder as to the reason for his departure, now that so many days have passed, and this causes some doubt as to whether his departure is absolutely certain. He may have gone anywhere on the map of Scotland, according to what they tell me. If anything more is known about his departure thence, your lordship shall be advised. They say that his marriage with a private woman has not pleased the people of his kingdom.
The king here is following the passtime of the chase, which is accustomed to last right up to Michaelmas. He is now staying some twenty miles, no more, from this city.
A number of privateers have come out from France for these waters, and they have already done much harm. For this reason it will be necessary and it is expected that nine ships will go out to meet them, although they tell me they will come out quickly from Flanders. Owing to the delay they will do but little good, and may be taken by the French. The ships of his Majesty suffer hurt, which is decidedly unfortunate, because those pay who do not deserve the loss.
Up to the present those who were condemned in the last parliament have not been executed. It is not known what will be done with them.
Some Florentines have announced here that they have great hopes of the favour of his lordship here for their affairs, for stirring up revolt against Duke Alexander; however, in this, I keep to what your lordship advises me.
[Spanish.]
Aug. 17.
Carteggio
Generale.
Milan
Archives.
971. Lope de Soria, Imperial Ambassador at Venice, to Cardinal Caracciolo, Governor of Milan.
Letters of the 22nd ult. from England state that the bastard son of the king there is dead, (fn. 3) and in a parliament they have decided that they must not go to a general Council convoked by the Bishop of Rome, because their king is supreme head both in spiritual and temporal.
That king has been to visit the princess his daughter, and made her give back the clothes and jewels which she had from him. He promised to fetch her to the Court when he returned from his hunting, which will be this September.
The Balio of Troix left that king without arranging anything that he wanted on behalf of his master. The Bishop of Tarua who stays there for the King of France, continues to solicit that king, but it is not expected that he will get what he wants.
The daughter of the Queen of Scotland, the king's sister, has fallen in love with the Duke of Norfolk's son, and he with her, and they promised marriage; this was discovered and pronounced treason. He has been condemned to death and she is placed in a tower where they are accustomed to put those discovered in such errors. (fn. 4)
Venice, the 17th August, 1536.
[Italian.]
Nov. 18.
Carteggio
Generale.
Milan
Archives.
972. Lope de Soria, Imperial Ambassador at Venice, to Cardinal Caracciolo, Governor of Milan.
I have letters from London of the 17th in which they write that the tumults of the people there against their king, because he wished to dissolve the monasteries, are diminishing (vanno manci).
Venice, the 18th November, 1536.
[Italian.]
Nov. 29.
Carteggio
Generale.
Milan
Archives.
973. Lope de Soria, Imperial Ambassador at Venice, to Cardinal Caracciolo, Governor of Milan.
I have letters of the 5th inst. from England stating that the people who revolted are still out and negotiations are proceeding between them and their king, and proposed to send their agents to the king, but only if he would promise and give hostages not to hurt them. It is understood that they wanted the houses of the Churches (le case delle Chiese) and the rest to return to their pristine state; and that as the King of France had promised help to that king or to send him 50,000 men, the whole kingdom had moved and given the king to understand than on no account would they consent to any foreigner entering the kingdom, and if they meddled the people will rise. They will treat of their differences, but no one of the Council or of the king's household shall intervene.
They write that the French ambassador, sent to that king, asks for his first daughter, that is the emperor's cousin, as the wife of M. d'Orleans, by the order of his king.
Venice, the 29th November, 1536.
[Italian.]

Footnotes

1 Without date or direction; probably from Rome; Catherine of Aragon died on the 8th January.
2 Enclosed in a letter of Lope de Soria to Cardinal Caracciolo, dated at Venice on the 2nd September.
3 Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, the king's natural son by Lady Talboys. He died on the 23rd July.
4 Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry's sister Margaret by her second husband, Archibald Douglas, was imprisoned at Syon Abbey for her betrothal to Lord Thomas Howard.


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