Spain: March 1506

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

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March 1506

8 March.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 44.
The cook of the Princess of Wales ;
454. Katharine, Princess Of Wales, to Henry VII.
Her cook, his wife and daughter, are made prisoners by the Moors in Barbary. Is told that he rescues a certain number of Christian slaves yearly in Africa. Begs him to obtain the freedom of the said cook and his family.— Richmond, 8th March.
Addressed : "To his very high (fn. 1) ... my Lord."
Spanish. Holograph. p. 1.
20 March and 15 May.
P. R. O.
455. Henry VII. Treaty with Philip King Of Castile concerning the intended Marriage with the Archduchess Margaret.
King Henry and King Philip have concluded a treaty of marriage between the King of England and the Archduchess Margaret. With respect to that treaty, the ambassadors of King Henry, namely, William, Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard, Bishop of Winchester, and Thomas Dokwra, Prior of St. John in Jerusalem in England, conclude the following clauses with the ambassadors of the King of Castile :—
Obligations undertaken bp Philip respecting the marriage of the Archduchess Margaret.
1. The King of Castile binds himself to pay to the King of England 300,000 crowns, each crown of 4 shillings sterling, as the marriage portion of the Archduchess Margaret. Of this sum of money 100,000 crowns are to be paid within fifteen days before the departure of the Archduchess for England, and at all events before the last day of August 1507.
2. The remaining portion of the dower is to be paid in six annual instalments of 33,333 crowns each.
3. Philip promises punctually to pay the 18,850 crowns a year, to which the Archduchess Margaret is entitled as her jointure in Spain. He, moreover, binds himself to pay to Henry 12,000 crowns a year instead of the revenues from the towns, castles, and lands which have been assigned to the Archduchess in Savoy as her jointure. This sum of 30,850 crowns a year cannot be revoked, and the King of England has a full right to employ it for his personal use, and in any way that he likes.
4. King Philip binds himself hereafter to sign, ratify, and swear this treaty, and to deliver the ratification to the ambassadors of King Henry.
5. Securities to be given by Flemish noblemen and Flemish towns ;
6. Which shall be delivered in London before the 1st August next.
Excommunication to be pronounced by the Pope on Philip, in case of the nonfulfilment of the treaty.
7. King Philip binds himself to declare, in presence of a judge or tribunal selected and commissioned for that purpose by the Pope, that he is bound strictly to fulfil this treaty, and especially the clauses respecting the money. This declaration is to be made on or before the last day of June next. King Philip is further to request the judge or tribunal commissioned by the Pope, to excommunicate him if he do not punctually pay the money to Henry.
8. Within one month the above securities shall be delivered, the King of England is to contract a marriage per verba de prœsenti with the proxies of the Archduchess Margaret.
9. The King and Queen of Castile bind themselves to consent to the marriage of the King of England with the Archduchess Margaret, and to permit the proxies of Henry to conclude a marriage per verba de prœsenti with the Archduchess Margaret.
10. The King of Castile promises to send his sister, the Archduchess Margaret, at his own expense, to the town of Greenwich within one month after the first instalment of 100,000 crowns has been paid.
11. King Henry promises to perform the marriage ceremonies according to the rites of the Church within one month after the arrival of the Archduchess at Greenwich.
12. Should the Archduchess Margaret die after the solemnization of the marriage, but before the whole sum of the 300,000 is paid, in such a case, if there be any issue from the marriage, the whole dowry is to be paid as though the Archduchess had not died. If, on the contrary, there is no issue, the instalments due after her death are not to be paid.
13. Henry is to assign by letters patent to the Archduchess Margaret the castles, manors, lands, &c. which are to form her jointure. The jointure is to amount to 20,000 gold nobles a year ; and the Archduchess, if she should become the widow of King Henry, is to be at liberty to spend her revenues from the English, Spanish, and Savoy dowry wherever she likes, except in the country of a declared enemy of England.
14. The parliament is to confirm this, and to guarantee the punctual payment of the jointure.
15. The heirs of the Archduchess Margaret are not to have the right to demand from Henry repayment of her marriage portion, or any portion of it.
16. If the Archduchess should die without issue before the King of England, in such a case Henry binds himself to pay to the Archduchess, or to her heirs :—
a. If three instalments of her marriage portion have been paid at the day of her death, the sum of 5,000 nobles ;
b. If the fourth instalment has been paid, the sum of 10,000 nobles ;
c. If the fifth instalment has been paid, the sum of 15,000 nobles ; and
d. If the sixth and last instalment has been paid, the sum of 20,000 nobles. The Archduchess is to be at liberty to dispose of these sums by will as she likes.
17. The Archduchess is at liberty to dispose by will of her jewels and ornaments.
18. The children begotten in the marriage between the King of England and the Archduchess are to succeed to all such inheritances in Spain, Flanders, &c. as the Archduchess may become entitled to.
19. King Philip is to request the Pope to confirm this treaty, and to excommunicate his person and his dominions in case he should not fulfil it.
20. King Philip will employ all his influence with his sister to persuade her to consent to this marriage. Her consent to it is to be delivered to the ambassadors of England before the 1st of August next.
21. The King of the Romans has given full power to King Philip to conclude this treaty in his name also.
22. The King of the Romans is, therefore, to ratify this treaty of marriage, and his ratification is to be exchanged in London on or before the 1st of August next. The King of the Romans is further bound to use all his paternal influence over the Archduchess Margaret in order to persuade her to consent to this marriage. Should, however, the King of the Romans object to any of these clauses, or even to the whole treaty, this treaty of marriage is nevertheless to remain in full force between King Philip, Queen Juana, and King Henry.
23. The King of England, on the 9th of February, concluded a treaty of friendship and alliance with the King of Castile, and the Queen of Castile gave her full consent to the said treaty on the 12th of February. The King of Castile binds himself to ratify once more the said treaty of the 9th of February, and the ratification of it by the Queen of Castile, dated the 12th of the same month. The Queen of Castile, on her part, is likewise bound once more to ratify the treaty of the 9th of February, and the additional clauses to it after the 12th of February last. These new ratifications are to be delivered, within four months, in the town of Calais, to the ambassadors of King Henry.
24. The King of England binds himself to ratify once more the said treaty of alliance and its additional clauses. His ratification is to be delivered to the commissioners or ambassadors of the King of Castile within the time of three months in the town of Calais.
25. Power of King Philip. Dated Windsor, 1st day of March 1505 (1506).
26. Power of King Henry to William Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Bishop of Winchester, and Thomas Dokwra, Prior of St. John in Jerusalem in England. Dated Windsor, 4th March, anno regni xximo (1506).
27. Power of Maximilian, King of the Romans. Dated in civitate nostra Patama, (fn. 2) 16th November, 1505.
28. Power of Queen Juana and King Philip. Dated Exeter, 18th March 1505 (1506).
The treaty is concluded by the ambassadors of the different contracting parties in London, 20th March 1505 (1506).
Michael Croy.
Johannes le Sauvage.
Petrus Anchemant.
Thomas Isaak.
The ratification of the treaty by Henry VII. follows. It is dated Palace of Westminster, 15th May 1506 (21 Hen. VII.)
Indorsed : "Tractatus matrimonialis inter Henricum VII. anno xxi. regni sui et Margaretam Ducissam Sabaudiœ primogenitam Maximiliani Regis Romanorum."
Latin. Copy on a fragment of the Council Books. pp. 44.
23 March.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
456. A. De Croy to Maximilian, King Of The Romans.
King Philip of Castile had been urged so strongly by the King of England that he had decided to deliver up Suffolk into his hands. He had not done so, however, until the King of England had given him a solemn promise in writing, sealed with his seal, that Suffolk should receive a full pardon for all his past offences, and not be exposed to persecution during the whole remainder of his life.
The Kings of England and Castile separated on terms of the greatest friendship.—Malines, 23d March 1505.
French. pp. 1½, in print.
Printed in Bibliothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 229.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 6. 457. Katharine, Princess Of Wales, to De Puebla.
Wishes to see him.—Richmond, Friday.
Addressed : "To Doctor De Puebla."
Spanish. Holograph. 4 lines.


  • 1. Paper gone.
  • 2. Sic. Petavia? Petau, a little town in Tyrol. Many letters of Maximilian are dated from that place.