Spain: July 1504

Pages 327-328

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

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July 1504

1 July.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 2.
Letters patent for an indulgence.
395. Henry VII. to Ferdinand, Duke De Estrada.
Thanks for his letter, and is pleased to hear that the Princess of Wales is in such good health.
Is ready to sign and publish letters patent respecting the indulgence, if the original letters by which the indulgence is granted can be shown, and shall be found valid by his council, and the collector of the revenues of the Pope. In such a case his letters patent may also be communicated to the minister of the order of the Holy Trinity in Spain.
Expenses of the Princess of Wales's household.
Has seen his letter in which he asks money for the household of the Princess of Wales, and wishes that the money should be paid into his own hands. Has ordered John Heron to pay William Holybrand 300l., with which he is to defray all the expenses of the household of the Princess of Wales during the months of July, August, and September. The said Holybrand is to account for the money to the Princess and to him. Whatever may be saved after all expenses have been paid, is to be delivered to the Princess, to spend as she likes.—Eyton, 1st July.
Addressed : "To the illustrious Duke Ferdinand, ambassador of the most serene King and Queen of Spain."
Latin. pp. 3.
6 July.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 77.
396. Pope Julius II. to Henry VII.
Has received his letters in which he expresses his thanks that the English ambassadors were met outside the gates of Rome by Papal commissioners, and accompanied by them to the city. Has, moreover, read the expression of his gratitude for the gracious reception of his message. But there was, in fact, no reason for thanking him, as the Pope cannot be otherwise than gracious and benevolent.
Cause of the delay in sending the dispensation.
Had never intended to withhold the dispensation, and all that has been said to the contrary is an invention of ill-intentioned persons. Has, it is true, somewhat delayed to dispense with the obstacles to the marriage between the Princess Katharine and Henry, Prince of Wales, but has done so only from the wish to consider the case more maturely. Thinks it advisable to send the dispensation by Robert Sherbourne. There could not be found a safer person to whom to entrust it, and at the same time the life of that excellent man would be preserved by a journey to England, for a longer stay in Rome would prove fatal to him.
Protection of England.
Is pleased to hear that he has chosen his carnal nephew, the Cardinal of St. Peter ad Vincula, as Protector of England. This choice will be to his honour and to his advantage. The Cardinal will be absent from Rome three months every year. But the affairs of England will not suffer by this absence. Has taken them under his special protection. Besides the English ambassadors, the Bishop of Worcester, his (Julius II.) carnal relative, and Edward Scot, his master of the bed chamber, will take care of them.
Robert Sherbourne will make some communications to him in his name.—Rome, in the Palace of Saint Peter, 6th of July 1504. (fn. 1)
Indorsed : "Copy of the brief of the Pope which was sent to the King of England concerning the dispensation for the Prince and Princess of Wales. It is dated the 6th of July 1504."
Written in a different hand : "Monday, the 24th of July 1531."
Copy, very incorrectly transcribed.
Latin. pp. 4.


  • 1. See the letter of the Duke de Estrada to Ferdinand and Isabella of the 10th of August 1504.