Spain: April 1502

Pages 265-266

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

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April 1502

15 April.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 4. f. 20.
314. Ferdinand and Isabella to De Puebla.
Have received all his letters up to the 20th of December. Are glad to hear that the King and Queen of England, with the Prince and Princess of Wales, are in good health.
Have received a letter from King Henry in which he has told them all that had happened in England after the arrival of the Princess of Wales.
Marriage of the King of Scots.
Are particularly glad to hear that the marriage between the King of Scots and the daughter of the King of England is concluded. Enclose a letter for the King of England. Promise to write soon again. Puente del Arzobispo, 15th April 1502.
Addressed : "By the King and Queen. To Doctor De Puebla, of their Council, and their ambassador in England."
Spanish. p, 1.
29 April.
P. R. O,
Instructions sent to Don Juan Manuel respecting the Earl of Suffolk.
315. Ferdinand and Isabella to De Puebla.
Have received his letters, and the letters of the King of England.
Had already sent instructions to Don Juan Manuel, their ambassador at the court of the King of the Romans, with respect to the affairs of the Earl of Suffolk. But as soon as they received the last letters from England, and more fully learnt by them the wishes of the King of England, they sent new instructions to Don Manuel, requesting the King of the Romans not to permit the Earl of Suffolk to stay in his dominions, and not to allow his subjects to assist or to favour him. Have further requested of the King of the Romans to deliver the Earl of Suffolk to the King of England, who will receive him to mercy. Are ready to render more services to the King of England, in case he should want them.
Forces to be sent against the Turks.
Are of opinion that the army and fleet which the Christian Princes intend to send against the Turks ought to be commanded by one captain or general. Think that the Cardinal and Master of Rhodes would be the best commander of the Christians. Have, therefore, entrusted to him all the forces which they have sent against the Turks.
Application of the money.
The money collected in England for the expedition would be best employed in equipping ships in England, which could be sent to Sicily or Naples, and there be provided with all things necessary. If it should be found impossible to equip ships in England, the money should, in their opinion, be sent to Genoa or to the Master of Rhodes, but not to the Pope. For should the Pope get it into his hands, it would be employed for other purposes.
Are ready to send this year again a fleet against the Turks. —Talavera, 29th April 1502.
Indorsed : "The coppie of a letter from Ferdinando and Isabella, King and Queene of Spaine, to their Ambassador in England, dated the 19th (fn. 1) April 1502."
English. Contemporary translation. pp. 2.


  • 1. Sic. The same letter is printed in Gairdner's Memorials of Henry VII. from a later Spanish copy in the Cottonian MSS. it is there dated the 19th of April.