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21. King Ferdinand The Catholic to King Henry VIII.
Has received his letter of the 26th of July. Is glad to
receive such good news as that letter contains about himself,
the Queen his wife, and the state of England in general. Is
rejoiced that he loves his wife so much.
Accepts his offers. Knows that he is his good son, but it
is superfluous to use many words, as both of them are always
ready to show their affection for one another by deeds.
Has communicated to the Queen of Castile (fn. 1) the consummation
of the marriage and the good fortune of her sister the
Queen of England. The Queen of Castile begs to be recommended
Will soon send Luis Caroz as his new ambassador to
England. Has somewhat delayed sending him, because he
wishes to be especially careful to select a very intelligent and
faithful person for that post.
Meanwhile, all his communications respecting the affairs
pending between England and Spain will be made to the
Queen his wife. Begs him to give her implicit credit.—No
Indorsed : "England. From Valladolid the 13th of
September 1509. By Peti Juan, who is to make the
journey in nine days, and to travel back likewise in
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22. King Ferdinand The Catholic to Katharine, Queen
Has received her letter of the 29th and 31st of July. Is
exceedingly glad to hear that she and the King her husband
are well and prosperous, and that they love one another so
much. Hopes their happiness will last as long as they live.
To be well married is the greatest blessing in the world. A
good marriage is not only an excellent thing in itself, but
also the source of all other kinds of happiness. God shows
favour to good husbands and wives. Has heard with great
satisfaction that the King of England loves him with filial
affection. Considers him as his son, and has resolved to take
the most particular care of all his concerns. He and the King
of England have henceforth identical interests.
Sends her by this courier another letter with further details
concerning political matters. Begs her to communicate the
contents to the King her husband.
Is very sorry to hear her complaints of the intrigues of
the Knight Commander of Membrilla, though little need now
be said, for he has already recalled him from England.
Believes every word she writes to him, whatever other people
may say to the contrary. Confides so much in her that he
will not only leave to her the direction of her own affairs,
but would entrust the salvation of his soul more willingly to
her than to any other person living.
Approves of what she has ordered respecting her servants
who are to return to Spain. Will grant them protection. Sends
the horses by land which are intended for the King of England.
The Pope and the King of France have reconquered all the
country of the Church and of the duchy of Milan which was
held by the Venetians. Has obtained from them the possession
of his towns which they had occupied in Apulia. The Emperor
has likewise entered into possession of the cities of Padua,
Verona, and Vicenza, together with the territories belonging
to those cities, the county of Goerz, (fn. 2) Triest, Roveredo, and
The King of France has disbanded his army, with the
exception of the men-at-arms who form his standing army,
and who are wanted to garrison his territories. Has also
disarmed and does not keep more soldiers and more galleys
in Italy than the number wanted for garrisons in his kingdom
After this general disarming had taken place, the citizens of
Padua and the peasants of the country round that city broke
out in rebellion in favour of Venice. The Emperor has,
therefore, enlisted an army and gone in person to conquer
Padua. According to letters of the 20th of August, his camp
was pitched one mile from the city. He intended to approach
nearer to it, and to form a regular siege, bombarding the city
with his artillery. The Venetians have fortified themselves
well in Padua.
The Marquis of Mantua has entertained secret negotiations
with the men-at-arms in Verona, in order to obtain possession
of a certain town which formerly belonged to him, but
which was occupied by the Venetians. There was, however,
double-dealing. The Marquis was made prisoner and brought
to Venice, where he is kept in custody.
Will constantly inform her of what happens in the war
The King of France has returned to France. Has received
letters from his ambassador at the French court by which he
is informed that the King was at Lyons, on the 29th of
August, and intended to go to Blois.—No date.
Indorsed : "England. Valladolid, the 13th of September
1509. By Peti Juan, courier, who is to make the
journey in nine days, and to travel back as quickly."
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