Elizabeth: Miscellaneous, 1566

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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Miscellaneous, 1566

[1566.] 873. Rowland Johnson to Cecil.
Is very sorry that by the information of Sir Richard Lee, the treasurer and controller, Cecil has given order to mitigate his wages, and no offence done by him. This proceeds of spite and ill-will to him for showing his books at the Earl of Bedford's command, which being examined with the controller's books would show their deceitful dealing. Because he refused to hold back his books or mix their's with them Sir Richard does him this displeasure. Begs Cecil to stand his good master. When he his called to examination he will show him and the rest of the Council more matter than yet he has declared to their rebuke and dishonesty. Signed.
Endd. by Cecil. Broadside.
1566. 874. History of the Netherlands.
History of the Netherlands from 1369 to 1566, giving also an account of the rise and progress of the Reformation in England, France, and the Low Countries, the origin of the party of the Gueux, and the proceedings of the Iconoclasts.
Incomplete. Pp. 154.
1566. 875. The Spanish Ambassador in France to the Duchess of Parma.
1. Sends copies of letters received out of Spain, by which she may see what preparations the King is making to resist the Turk and to reduce his subjects to obedience. Hopes that from this evil state the King may derive a benefit in bringing his subjects into a complete obedience such as none of his predecessors ever did, and which he has so long desired and designed.
2. Advises her to make sure of the "serviteurs masques" whom she knows she had best temporise with for the present and let them know what a good opinion the King has of their actions, and that he believes that it is through them that the Low Countries still obey him. If she thinks this deceitful she must consider that the times and the King's service require such "artificial" language. This has been done with the two that have gone to the King, and they have been so dexterously managed that they will only swear by their duty to the King. On the other hand there has been such practices in their families that they cannot do or say anything which is not well known. It has been determined not to let them return. The great mischief is that the Duke and the Prince who are about the King cannot agree as to the journey of the King into Flanders. The King would rather risk all the rest of his kingdom than fail in giving them an exemplary chastisement. For this purpose he resolved to leave Spain as soon as possible, taking with him his son. The Duke [of Alva] will go through the garrisons of Italy and select the best and most experienced soldiers. The King will soon after his arrival in Italy take counsel with certain Princes and the Pope; he then intends to go to the Low Countries with such force as he shall deem necessary.
3. The Count Palatine, the Landgrave, and other Lutheran Princes have sent two ambassadors here under colour of demanding payment of certain sums lent to the Huguenot chiefs by them, and to recommend to the King of France those who held their "fine" religion; but in reality to practice with the said Huguenots and to find new means of enterprise against the country of the King Catholic. As the ambassador found out that certain of the Privy Council, some of the greatest and oldest, and some catholics were of the opinion that they should make use of the occasion to form a league with the above Princes, he sought by what means he could break up this design.
4. The Cardinal [of Lorraine] being come to the town, he had a long discourse with him on the importance of this matter, and the ruin it would bring on Catholicism in France, and gave him an excuse for arresting one of the ambassadors as a subject of the King of Spain and a native of the Low Countries. Both the ambassadors were arrested together with their letters and papers by the King's orders, and they and their masters having received such an insult this practice will be entirely broken off.
5. The lady (whom she knows) is one of the most deceitful in the world, and though he has been most earnest with her he can get nothing but words, and is no further assured than on the first day. She often sends to him "le petit homme noir," of whom he has sometimes written, and who was in Spain when M. De St. Sulpice was ambassador there. She fancies that by him she can make the writer believe what she wishes and draw from him plenty of secrets. Does not wish him to see that he knows this, but on the contrary speaks to him freely and thus gets more from them than they do from him; and will take care that they shall not boast of outwitting a Spaniard.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 5½.
[1566.] 876. Advices.
Intelligence from Rome. Trinitarians and Anabaptists banished from Poland. The Pope [writes to] the Queen of Scots to purge her realm of heresy. Negotiations for the marriage of the Queen of England with the Archduke Charles.
Ital. P. 1.
[1566.] 877. Ascanio Della Coigna to —.
Suggestions as to supplying Malta with munitions and provisions. Signed.
Copy. Ital. Pp. 3.
[1566.] 878. Pasquinade.
Lament of Pasquin, a noble Roman, on the bad state of affairs in Rome, and imploring the assistance of the Emperor.
Ital. Pp. 2.