Spain: July 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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July 1506

1 July.
S. E. Venetia, L. 1308.
Behaviour of Ferdinand to Philip.
472. King Ferdinand Of Spain to Gonzalo Ruiz De Figueroa, ambassador at Venice.
Has shown to the Archduke Philip and to the Archduchess Juana the love of a true and kind father. Went the very day on which the Queen Isabella died to the marketplace of Medina del Campo, and there, ascending a platform, renounced his title as King of Castile in favour of his daughter Juana, and her husband, Philip. Wrote them letters, and asked them to come to Spain, in order to take upon themselves the government of Castile. They were, however, retained there by the war with the Duke of Gueldres. Enemies whispered in their ears that he intended to retain for himself the royal prerogatives of the Crown of Castile. Was, under certain circumstances, entitled to do so by the will of the late Queen, but never had the desire to make use of that right during the lifetime of Philip and Juana.
Concluded, in spite of his enemies, a treaty with the ambassadors of the King Archduke and the Queen Archduchess, by which the form of the government of Castile was settled. Nevertheless, did not change his first intentions, and charged the ambassadors of the King Archduke and the Queen Archduchess to tell them, before they left Flanders, that he was not willing to make use of the rights conferred upon him by the treaty, but intended to leave to them the full unlimited rights of the Crown of Castile.
Felt the greatest sorrow when it was known in Spain that the King and Queen of Castile, his children, had been overtaken by a storm off the coast of England. Sent directly the best captains in search of them.
Conduct of the King and Queen of Castile to Ferdinand.
King Philip sent Monsieur Laxao to him from England with a message. The answer which he returned by the same messenger was that both his children, the King and the Queen, must directly come to Spain. They would find in him a loving father. Repeated his promise not to make use of the rights conferred upon him by the last treaty, but to show, by words and deeds, that he had nothing more at heart than their interests.
His children came to Spain, but instead of hastening to see their father, they sent messengers to him, and asked him to appoint a formal meeting. His enemies hoped, in that manner, to sow the seeds of discord between them. King Philip even thought it proper to come with armed soldiers to the meeting. Did not go with arms in his hands, but with love in his heart, the direct way to his son. Met him on the road, and the most complete reconciliation has taken place between them.
Intends to see his son, King Philip, again in a few days, to give him his paternal advice, and soon afterwards to leave Spain in order to occupy himself with the affairs of Italy, which are in great need of his presence. Don Gonzalo is to communicate the contents of this letter to the Signoria of Venice, and to ask the Venetians to have confidence in him. Tordesillas, 1st of July 1506.
Addressed : "By the King. To Gonzalo Ruiz de Figueroa, his ambassador in Venice."
Spanish. pp. 14.
13 July.
B. M. Cott. MSS. Vesp. C. XII.
473. Florence D'Egmont, Seigneur De Ysselsten.
Swears to the treaty of marriage between Margaret, Archduchess of Austria, and Henry, King of England.—Valladolid, 13th July 1506.
Latin. pp. 2 of print, in folio.
Printed in Rymer.
16 July.
P. R. O.
474. Philip, King Of Castile.
Ratifies before Johannes, Bishop of Catania, the treaty of marriage between Henry VII. and the Archduchess Margaret. He specially binds himself punctually to pay the marriage portion consisting of 300,000 crowns, and the two jointures of the Archduchess amounting to 30,850 crowns.—Valladolid, 16th July 1506.
From a copy on a fragment of the Council Books.
Latin. pp. 12.
20 July.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
475. Maximilian, King Of The Romans, to Henry VII.
Has heard, with great joy, that the marriage between Henry and the Archduchess Margaret is arranged. Begs him to send ambassadors to Malines. Has already despatched ambassadors to the same place.—Vienna, 20th July 1506.
Addressed : "To the very high and powerful King of England and France, our brother."
French. p. 1, in print.
Printed in the Bibliothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 236.
30 July.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
476. Jehan Le Sauvaige to Maximillian, King Of The Romans.
The Archduchess Margaret decidedly refuses to marry Henry VII., although he, at first by himself, and afterwards conjointly with the Imperial ambassador, had daily pressed her during a whole month to consent. But the alliance with England is not endangered thereby. For Henry desires the marriage between his second daughter and the Prince of Castile more than his own marriage with the Archduchess, —Pont de Vaulx, 30th July 1506.
Addressed : "To his most Sacred Majesty, the King."
French. p. 1, in print.
Printed in the Bibliothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 237.
Arch. Gen. d. D. d. N.
477. Memoir Respecting The Affairs De France, Castile, Aragon, &c.
It is said in France that the King of England intends to send 7,500 soldiers in aid of the King of Castile against the Duke of Gueldres, because France has given succour to the Duke.
It is likewise said in France that King Ferdinand has written to the King of France, and told him that he would cause all kinds of trouble to King Philip in order to force him to leave Castile, and to return to Flanders. The King of France is believed to be assisting the Duke of Gueldres for no other purpose.
[The other clauses of this memoir speak of affairs which have no immediate connexion with the relations between England and Spain.]
French. pp. 3, in print.
Printed in Lettres du Roy Louis XII., &c. Brussels 1712. Vol. I. p. 60.
Arch. Gen. d. D. d. N.
478. Memoir Respecting The Affairs Of France, Castile, Aragon, &c., And The Projected Marriage Of The King Of England.
Ferdinand of Aragon has promised to the Cardinal of Amboise to use his influence with the College of Cardinals in order to make him Pope. That is the reason why France and King Ferdinand are on such intimate terms.
[News of France.]
It is generally believed that the negotiations between the King of England, on the one part, and the Kings of Castile and of the Romans, on the other part, respecting the marriage of Henry with the Archduchess Margaret, are carried on with great vigor. But the Archduchess dissimulates only in order to gratify the said Kings. She is not inclined to marry the King of England.
[More news of France.]
The King of France has sent an embassy to the King of England, who fully approves of the marriage between Madame Claude and Monsieur d'Angoulême. King Henry is only of opinion that it would have been better to keep this marriage for some time secret. The Queen of France tries to win the good graces of Madame d'Angoulême in order to put her off.
[More news of France].
French. pp. 4, in print.
Printed in Lettres du Roy Louis XII., &c. Brussels, 1712. Vol. I. p. 63.