Elizabeth: November 1568

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

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'Elizabeth: November 1568', in Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568, (London, 1871) pp. 576-579. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/foreign/vol8/pp576-579 [accessed 21 April 2024]


November 1568

[Nov.] 2639. Contract between the Kings of Denmark and Sweden.
Heads of twenty-nine articles for the conclusion and confirmation of peace between the two countries.
Endd. Pp. 2. Enclosure.
Nov. 22. 2640. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
1. The Prince of Conde finding the King's forces united and the Loire not so passable but that the army might greatly annoy them, thought better to retire himself, and to this end was this strategem devised. The Admiral perceiving to what necessity they were reduced that they could neither pass forward or retire without peril, returned his forces to Vivonne not far from Poitiers, and very politicly persuaded the Prince to take the conducting back again of the infantry over the river, and in the meantime accompanied with 600 lances showed himself before the face of the King's battle, and caused fourscore drums closely to be placed in a valley behind them, sounding all together as though the infanty had been there. The King's army looking for battle, whilst they were busied in ranging their companies the Prince passed the river and was three leagues on his way ere he was espied, and the Admiral afterwards came his way at his ease. The King on the 17th sent word to Monsieur in anywise to fight with the Prince. On the 20th the King sent him word that Monsieur had defeated the greatest part of the Prince's infantry. Defers writing to the Queen hereof until he has that which may be more grateful to her.
2. The King employs his captains in all parts of the realm to levy men.
3. The King's camp under M. D'Anjou is about 15,000 foot and 5,000 horse.
4. The Prince of Condé's army was estimated before this defeat at 12,000 foot and 4,000 horse all well mounted and armed, his greatest force consisting in his cavalry, and the King's in his infantry. M. D'Aumale has in Champagne eighteen companies of men-at-arms and twenty-five ensigns of footmen, where he attends the coming of the reiters. Marshal De Cosse remains in Picardy with fifteen companies of menat-arms and 2,000 footmen. The King has taken a benevolence of this city of 50,000 francs. The Seignory of Venice have offered to lend him 100,000 crowns, and the Duke of Florence has made the like offer. The Pope has sent bills to ten several merchants to deliver to the King 100,000 crowns.
5. The Prince of Orange's coming to Chateau Cambray gave great fear of his intentions. Duke William of Saxony lately sent a gentleman to desire the King to employ him as aforetime in levying of soldiers, who was answered that his master was grown in suspect of the King for that he was of the Association of the Prince of Orange. The messenger replied that he never esteemed the late affairs of Flanders anyways to prejudice His Majesty or that he had any interest in them. Yesterday the Ambassador of Scotland sent for a passport for two servants of the Queen of Scots. On the 19th inst. he had audience for the merchants of Ireland, and assured them that the Queen's ships on the seas were but for the protection of the Bordeaux fleet. Of the poor men of Marseilles he hears nothing.
6. The King has sent him word that M. D'Aumale has defeated 2,500 near Strasbourg. This day before the cannon came to Sancerre the town was yielded to the King.—Orleans, 22 Nov. Signed.
7. P.S.—Touching the defeat of the Prince which came hither on the 20th, he understands that by reason of the ditches where the armies met the horsemen of neither party could charge, so that the fight continuing between the footmen there was slain of the King's people 300 and of the Prince's 500, so that neither party have any great cause of rejoicing. Yesterday came news that the Prince of Orange has entered Picardy, which does much amaze them. Yesterday the Cardinal of Guise went towards Spain, having charge to treat of marriage between the King Catholic and the Lady Margaret, which if he cannot bring to pass then that the two Kings may marry two of the Emperor's daughters.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 5.
Nov. 23. 2641. Christopher Mundt to Cecil.
There is a treaty of marriage between the son of the Landgrave and the daughter of the Elector of Saxony. There are 5,000 horse levied for the King of France under the brothers Rhinegraves and other pensioners of France. The Emperor has had a consultation with certain Lutheran theologians, at which the Pope is much offended, fearing lest he shall grant some liberty in religion to them.—Strasbourg, 23 Nov. 1568. Signed: N.
Add. Endd., with seal. Partly in Lat. P. 1.
Nov. 25. 2642. Sir Henry Norris to the Privy Council.
Gives an account of his negotiations with the French King and M. De Morvilliers for the redress of a depredation done by the French upon a ship of Waterford. Perceives that they are not minded to make any satisfaction to the merchants.—Orleans, 25 Nov. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Nov. 25. 2643. Sir Henry Norris to the Privy Council.
Has had audience with the King touching the great loss this bearer, Thomas Baker, has sustained, and has had like answer as he had for the merchants of Waterford.—Orleans, 25 Nov. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Nov. 25. 2644. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
Complains that he can get no redress for wrongs done to the Queen's subjects other than fair words. The Prince of Condé has gone to Loudun with intent to pass the Loire, and so to the Prince of Orange. Those of Orleans offer the King great gifts not to depart, fearing lest the Prince of Conde will return thither if he pass not the Loire. The King this morning departed towards Melun with great diligence. They have drawn the victuals into Paris for ten leagues' compass about the town, so as they seem greatly to fear the Prince of Orange's coming. Requires his friendship in a suit, and also touching his inheritance in Lord Dacre's lands.—Orleans, 25 Nov. 1568. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Nov. 27. 2645. Marsilio Della Croce to Shers.
Sends intelligence from Rome of 20th Nov. Celebration of the obsequies of the Queen of Spain. Death of Cardinal Vitelli, leaving debts to the amounts of 100,000 crowns. News from Vienna of the 18th inst.—Venice, 27 Nov. 1568. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 2.
2646. — to [the King of Spain].
Apparently complaining of injuries sustained by the false dealing of William Burlace, and desiring redress.
Very much injured by damp. Ital. P. 1. Enclosure.
Nov. 28. 2647. Henry Champernowne to Cecil.
Gives an account of some skirmishes between the French King's army and that of Condé.—From the Camp, 28 Nov. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Nov. 29. 2648. Complaint of French Merchants.
Depositions of certain Frenchmen who were spoiled by those of Rochelle and their ships brought to Plymouth, saying also that there were three English ships in their company.— 29 Nov. 1568.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Nov. 30. 2649. N. Stopio to Cecil.
Mentions certain reports, and expresses his willingness to do what service he can for him and the Queen of England.— Venice, 30 Nov. 1568. Signed.
Injured by damp. Ital. P. 1.
2650. Death of the Queen of Spain.
Lines by Stopio on the death of Queen Isabella of Spain. Lat. P. 1.
Nov. 30. 2651. Don Guerau Despes to [Bernand Antony].
Desires him to take measures for the defence of the Spanish shipping against English pirates.—London, 30 Nov. 1568. Signed.
Add. Endd. Span. P. 1.
Nov. 2652. Services done to the Spaniards by William Winter.
Has preserved certain Spanish treasure ships and others from the attacks of M. De Chastillier, more especially one vessel lying at Catwater, near Plymouth, which the said M. De Chastillier wanted to plunder, and offered Winter ten chests of money if he would but wink thereat.
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 3.
Nov. 2653. Sir Henry Norris to Leicester.
1. Monsieur believing that the Prince of Condé would give battle made preparation for the same, but the Prince observing his commodity passed five or six leagues forward, and it is thought that he has gone into Burgundy.
2. The Prince of Orange is reported at Chateau Cambray. Monluc having lately discovered a practice to deliver Bordeaux to the Prince has executed divers of the councillors. The Rhinegrave has passed this way towards the Court to declare to the King that he cannot pass with reiters unless he has money to wage lansquenets to make his passage with artillery. There has been within this city narrow search for books of the religion, and a number burnt. There is news that the Prince of Orange has taken Guise.—Paris, Nov. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2¼.
Nov. 2654. Sir Henry Norris to the Duke of Norfolk.
The Queen Mother being in doubt lest the Prince of Condé had some practice with the Prince of Orange to enter France, the forces that were levied for the seige of Rochelle are now sent away to the frontier.
Draft. Incomplete. Endd. P. 1.