Mary: May 1556

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Mary 1553-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1861.

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May 1556

May 5.
502. Sir Edward Carne to Queen Mary. According to the ancient custom of his predecessors, his Holiness last Easter-week made and blessed certain Agnus Deis, which is not usually done except in the first year of a pontificate and after every seventh year. Of these, having received some, sends herewith a box of them to her Majesty, with a little book in Italian, declaring the ceremonies used in making them, and at the end of it their virtue, which is great. Has put some cere-cloth about the box, both for its safe carriage and lest it should be opened by the way. Beseeches she will take it in good part. The Legates have not yet left. Recently an Ambassador from the King of Poland arrived here; he was honourably received, and this day had a public consistory to give obedience to the Pope for the said King and Kingdom. The Cardinal of Augsburg, who is most humbly commended to her Majesty, has left for Germany in post. It is commonly rumoured that the Turk intends to invade Hungary this summer, and that the Pope intends to send in aid of the King thereof, some say 4,000, others 8,000 men, under the command of Ascanio della Cornia, nephew to Pope Julius the last. The infidels have lately captured many Christians on the sea-coast here. [One page.]
May 10.
503. The Emperor Charles V. to same. Acknowledges her letter by Lord Paget expressive of her satisfaction at the concluding of a truce. Is not less desirous than her Majesty for the settlement of his affairs here, which is the cause of the King's long absence (to their mutual regret); but were he to leave before all was arranged, he would be obliged to return soon again. But matters proceed with such diligence, that he hopes he shall be able to go to England by the end of next month at latest, unless prevented by the coming of the King and Queen of Bohemia. At the same time the Emperor sets out for Spain. Refers to Lord Paget for other communications. [French. One page.]
May 12.
504. Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, to Queen Mary Takes the opportunity of Lord Paget's return to express his thanks for the honour conferred upon him. [French. One page. Indorsed by Petre.]
May 21.
505. Dr. Wotton to same. [Cipher. Four pages and a half.]
May 30.
506. Peter Vannes to Sir William Petre. His only reason for not writing has been the respect he feels for Petre's continual business. It is a piteous case that the Queen, having employed all the days of her life and all her estates for the conservation of her realm and religion from the thraldom of gaping wolves and devilish inventions against God and the world, should now, in lieu of thanks deserved by her, be by traitorous and wicked persons so unnaturally and wretchedly used. Doubts not that by her wisdom and the good advice of her councillors she well perceives and foresees the proceedings of her neighbours and what practices are secretly in hand in divers places of the world. Has lately chanced (but begs he may not be the author of this), to have had purposely familiar communication with one who, he is well assured, is privy of these great matters, and gathers that their chief scope is towards England, or some part of it, pretending perhaps, "id quod tacita hominum corda loquantur," some vain title by reason of the young Scottish Queen; pretending also that for the assurance of France it is not expedient that England shall be brought to a conformity, union, and wealth, nor have so puissant a friend, protector, and Governor as the King is. By what means they will advance their ambition, Petre is more competent, by his great experience, to discuss than he is. The self man told him that Lord Clinton had arrived in France in great haste to congratulate the truce, but that it was thought there was some pad in the straw and that the French King would send a gentleman to the King of England to know his mind in certain points. It is written from those parts, upon what likelihood is not aware, that the truce is not likely to last long. The same is asserted here, and that after the harvest and the forage is in, occasion of breach will not be wanting. Meanwhile soldiers are not dismissed but kept in garrison, and money collected from all quarters for their maintenance. The Pope, the French King, and the Duke of Ferrara are counted all one, and each pursues his own advancement and assurance. It is openly said here that one of the causes of the Cardinal of Caraffa going to France so honourably accompanied with wise and valiant men is to induce the French King, upon considerations, to take the protection of that noble family and the Duke of Paliano, late called Conte di Montorio, to whom is applied the whole estate of the Colonnas, amounting to 24 towns and castles. Daily process is made at Rome against divers Barons and great men, and the Castle of Paliano, not very far from Naples, which is very strong both from situation and fortification, is fortified daily stronger and stronger. Has perhaps in the premises exceeded his limits, which are only to serve and obey and not to counsel or presume any thing. Has not troubled the Queen with a special letter otherwise than it shall seem expedient to Petre to give her knowledge. As all this travail is only for God's glory there is no doubt He will assist and strengthen her with His Divine Providence and vanquish her enemies, so that for many years she shall prosper in justice, victory, and peace. As he has written freely, prays that the particulars may be kept secret from any Ambassadors or strangers, to avoid the displeasure he might incur by evil interpreters. [Three pages.]