Spain: 1531

Pages 450-451

Calendar of State Papers, Spain: Further Supplement To Volumes 1 and 2, Documents From Archives in Vienna. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1947.

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1531. April 2.
H. H. u. St. A. England, f. 5.
Eustache Chapuys to Charles V.
The duke of Norfolk says that Henry refuses to permit the exportation of corn because of the scarcity here.
Seeing that the clergy had obtained an exemption from praemunire, the laity insisted on and finally obtained a similar exemption. In the course of the debate on this subject in the house of commons, it was publicly said that Henry had burdened this kingdom more with taxes and exactions than three or four of his predecessors together and past examples of revolts against taxations were recalled.
Next day the chancellor presented Henry's defence of his conduct in the divorce, and Brian Tuke read the decisions of the universities favouring Henry. There was little open opposition either in the commons or in the lords, but both houses showed their displeasure by their coldness. The following day the king prorogued parliament.
The French ambassador here seems dissatisfied. He has not managed to Henry's liking, and is irritated by the evidences of friendship between your majesty and his king. The chancellor (Sir Thomas More) has asked me not to visit him or give him your letter at this time. The queen is pleased that parliament has taken no action on the divorce. She says she has nothing to fear now save the pope's delay.
London, 2 April, 1531.
Signed, Eustache Chapuys. French. pp. 7. Fully calendared in L. & P. V, 83—85.