Spain: February 1498

Pages 146-147

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 1, 1485-1509. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1862.

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February 1498

1498. 3 Feb.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 2.
Church preferment offered to De Puebla but refused.
188. Henry VII. to Ferdinand and Isabella.
A cathedral church has lately become vacant. Has long considered what person most deserved it, and has come to the conclusion that no man is more meritorious and more worthy of it than De Puebla, "who has been so many years their ambassador in England, and who is distinguished by the portliness (dignitate) of his body, (fn. 1) and renowned for his intelligence, fidelity, knowledge, and industry in the mission intrusted to him." Has, therefore, offered him the said preferment as a small recompense for the services he had rendered to Spain and England. De Puebla has, however, answered that he could not accept the preferments for reasons well known to himself. All persuasions have remained without effect.
Also an honourable marriage.
Since De Puebla could not be induced to accept a church preferment, he was asked whether he would also refuse an honourable marriage offered to him. After many excuses, he has at last been persuaded, principally by the Queen, to accept the marriage, but under the express condition that his King and Queen must first give him their consent. Wishing to marry De Puebla well in England, he and his Queen beg them to grant their (not De Puebla's) prayers, and to give their consent. The marriage will be of great advantage to the Princess Katharine when she comes to live in England.—Westminster, 3rd February 1498.
Addressed : "To the most serene and most powerful Princes Ferdinand and Elizabeth, by the grace of God, King and Queen of Spain, &c."
Latin. pp. 3.
4 Feb.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 2.
189. Ferdinand and Isabella.
Another ratification of the treaty between Spain and England concluded at Burgos on the 1st of October 1496. —Alcalá de Hénares, 4th February 1498.


  • 1. De Puebla was deformed. His deformity was so notorious that it did not seem necessary to describe it. We, therefore, do not know in what it consisted. It is only once mentioned that he had lost one member of his body.