Cott. Vesp. c. XII.
Voyage of the
King of Castile
Draft of the treaty
of peace signed.
Arrival of the
Queen of Castile.
Departure of the
King of Castile.
451. A Narrative of the Reception of Philip King of
Castile in England in 1506.
On the 7th January Philip set sail from Zealand with his
Queen and a retinue amounting to two or three thousand
persons. Was overtaken by a storm, and in danger of shipwreck.
Driven to land at Melcolmbe in England on the
16th of January ; most of his ships were dispersed, and some
lost. Sent to acquaint the King with his arrival, calling him
"father," and expressing himself as desirous of seeing him
and his court, though it was said some of the Spaniards counselled
him to put to sea again. Immediately the King sent
letters to gentlemen dwelling near the sea side to attend upon
him, and afterwards dispatched palfreys, litters, &c. On the
31st January received him at Windsor, the Kings saluting
each other with glad and loving countenances. The next day,
being Sunday, and the day after, Candlemas, were devoted to
religious exercises, and the following week to recreation. On
the 9th of February Philip was invested with the Order of the
Garter. Immediately after mass, certain of the King of England's
and the King of Castile's Council presented their respective
Sovereigns with the draft of the treaty of peace, having
divers new articles and confirmations inserted therein. The
Kings, seated in their stalls, signed the writings with their own
hands. On the 10th of January the Queen of Castile arrived
at Windsor, and was graciously welcomed by the King of
England and her sister the Princess of Wales, who left her the
next day for Richmond. On the 12th the King of England
went to Richmond to prepare his house there for the King
of Castile, who joined him on the 14th ; the Queen of Castile,
his wife, proceeding on the same day to the sea side to her
ships lying at Dartmouth and Plymouth. On the 15th the
King of Castile proffered, unasked, to yield up Edmund, Earl
of Suffolk, to the King of England. The rest of the time
he was at Richmond was spent in recreation, and "all the
season the King of Castile was in the King of England's
court every holiday." On the 2nd March took his leave, the
King of England accompanying him on his way a mile or
more, defraying all his servants of their charges and giving
English. Modern copy. 22 pages of print.
Printed in Gairdner's Memorials.