S. E. T. c. I.
L. 4. f. 88.
364. Treaty Between Ferdinand and Isabella and
Commission of Henry VII. to William, Bishop of London,
Keeper of the Great Seal, Richard, Bishop of Winchester,
Keeper of the Privy Seal, and Doctor William Barons, Master
of the Rolls. Richmond, 20th of June 1503.
Commission of Ferdinand and Isabella to Ferdinand, Duke
de Estrada. Toledo, 10th of May 1502.
1. Ferdinand and Isabella, as well as Henry VII., promise
to employ all their influence with the Court of Rome, in order
to obtain the dispensation of the Pope necessary for the marriage
of the Princess Katharine with Henry, Prince of Wales.
The Papal dispensation is required, because the said Princess
Katharine had on a former occasion contracted a marriage
with the late Prince Arthur, brother of the present Prince of
Wales, whereby she became related to Henry, Prince of Wales,
in the first degree of affinity, and because her marriage with
Prince Arthur was solemnised according to the rites of the
Catholic Church, and afterwards consummated.
Marriage per verba
2. If the aforesaid dispensation be obtained, Ferdinand and
Isabella on the one side, and Henry VII. on the other, promise
that a marriage per verba de prœsenti shall be contracted
within two months after this treaty shall have been ratified
by both the contracting parties.
3. When the Princess Katharine contracted her marriage
with Prince Arthur, Ferdinand and Isabella promised to give
her a marriage portion of 200,000 scudos, each scudo being
worth 4s. 2d. of English money. Of this sum, 100,000 scudos
were paid into the hands of King Henry VII. at the time
when the said marriage was solemnized. Ferdinand and
Isabella renounce, in their name, and in the name of the
Princess Katharine, all right to demand restitution of this
4. Ferdinand and Isabella promise Henry VII. to pay, on
the marriage of their daughter to Henry, Prince of Wales, a
marriage portion of 200,000 scudos, each scudo being worth
4s. 2d. of English money. Henry VII., on the other hand,
confesses that he has already received one half of the said
200,000 scudos. The remaining 100,000 scudos are to be
paid in the following manner ; viz., 65,000 scudos in coined
gold, 15,000 scudos in plate, and vessels of gold and silver,
according to the valuation of silversmiths in London, 20,000
scudos in jewels, pearls, ornaments, &c. of the Princess of
Wales, according to their price in London, which is to be
fixed by sworn valuers. All these payments are to be
made in London, within ten days before or after the solemnization
of the marriage. The marriage is to be solemnized as
soon as Prince Henry shall have completed the fourteenth year
of his age, and as soon as Ferdinand and Isabella, or their
successors, can show that the whole marriage portion is in
London, ready for delivery. Ferdinand and Isabella pledge
their and their subjects' fortunes as security for the punctual
execution of this clause of the treaty.
Dowry to be
assigned to the
Princess of Wales.
5. Prince Arthur had settled on the Princess of Wales
her dowry, consisting of lands, manors, &c., the revenues of
which amount to the third part of the revenues of Wales,
Cornwall, and Chester. She is to give back, within ten days
before or after the solemnization of her new marriage, all
documents and title deeds respecting this dowry ; and Prince
Henry will endow her on the day of the solemnization of
the marriage with a new dowry as great and as well secured
as her first dowry was. Henry VII. promises to ratify the
constitution of the new dowry within one month after the
solemnization of the marriage. The Princess Katharine
renounces all other claims on the revenues of Wales,
Cornwall, and Chester, and promises to be content with
Dowry when she
6. In case the Princess Katharine become Queen of
England, she is to have, besides her dowry as Princess of
Wales, a dowry as Queen, consisting of the third part of all
the revenues of the Crown of England. She is to hold
both dowries for life.
Right of succession
to Crown of Spain.
7. The right of succession to the Crown of Spain is reserved
to the Princess Katharine.
8. If the Princess Katharine become Queen of England,
she is to enjoy, during the lifetime of her royal husband, all
the privileges and revenues that other Queens of England have
enjoyed before her. Henry VII. pledges the whole of his
fortune and the fortunes of his subjects as security for the
punctual fulfilment of his obligations.
First born son of
9. If Henry, Prince of Wales, should die before his father,
and leave a son or sons born of the Princess Katharine during
her marriage with him, Henry VII. promises to create such
sons or the first-born son, Prince of Wales, and to do all in
his power to secure to the said son the succession to the throne
after his death.
10. Both contracting parties promise to ratify this treaty
within six months after the date of its conclusion.—Richmond,
23rd June 1503.
Latin. pp. 47.
P. R. O.
365. Henry VII. Treaty of Peace and Alliance with
Ferdinand and Isabella.
[Scarcely a single line of this document is legible. It is
written on parchment, the greater portion of which is entirely
rotten.]—Dated Richmond, 23rd June 1503.