Spain: August 1506

Pages 394-398

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

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August 1506

6 Aug.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
479. G. De Croy to Maximilian, King Of The Romans.
The King of France aids the Duke of Gueldres. Has tried to evade a war, because the King of England has often written to him, enjoining him to maintain peace until the undertaking of King Philip is more secure. But Courteville, the Flemish ambassador at the court of France, has behaved with great arrogance.
Aid offered to Maximilian by Henry.
Has meanwhile sent Toison d'Or to the King of England, asking him to send 1,500 archers paid for three months. The King of England has offered him his choice of either 1,000 archers paid for three months, which sum will amount to 20,000 gold crowns, or the money wherewith to defray the expenses of other troops. Would have to repay the money at the end of the year.
Is afraid that the refusal of the Archduchess will cool the friendship of Henry.
Has told the King of England that he is bound by the treaty of alliance to send more troops if required. The King of England has sent by Norroy, King-at-arms, the answer which is enclosed. The King-at-arms has gone to the Duke of Gueldres, and is expected shortly to return.—Namur, 6th August 1506.
Addressed : "To the King of the Romans, my Sovereign Lord."
French. pp. 3½, in print.
Printed in the Bibliothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 239.
8 Aug.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
Refusal of the Archduchess Margaret to marry Henry.
480. Ulrich, Count Of Montfort, and Claude Carondelet, to Maximilian, King Of The Romans.
Have travelled with all haste to Savoy in order to see the Archduchess Margaret, whom they found in company of the President of Flanders. Pressed her very strongly to consent to marry the King of England. Her answer, however, was that, although an obedient daughter, she will never agree to so unreasonable a marriage. The President of Flanders has shown them letters from the King of England, by which he shows his great desire that the marriage between his daughter Mary and the Duke of Luxemburgh should take place, as it had been already concluded between King Philip and himself. The marriage is more feasible now that the King of France has refused to give his daughter to the Duke of Luxemburgh.— Villers Sexel, 8th August 1506.
Addressed : "To the King."
French. pp. 2½, in print.
Printed in the Biblibothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 242.
12 Aug.
A. G. d. D. d. N.
481. Henry VII. to Francis Marsin.
After the departure of King Philip for Castile, new troubles have broken out between Flanders and Gueldres. The Duke of Gueldres pretends that the King of Castile has begun the quarrel, and has asked the assistance of France. The King of Castile, on the contrary, declares that the wrong is on the side of the Duke of Gueldres. The King of France has permitted his subjects, who are relatives of the Duke of Gueldres, to assist him.
Quarrel between Flanders and Gueldres.
Asks the King of France not to favour the Duke of Gueldres. The real cause of the quarrel is that King Philip had asked the delivery of Edmund De la Pole from the Duke of Gueldres, and that the Duke had refused. Is much astonished that the King of France will assist Gueldres in such a cause. Begs him to send to the Duke of Gueldres, and exhort him not to make war on the King of Castile, but, on the contrary, to come to an understanding with the Lieut. General of Philip. Moreover the King of France would do well to recall his troops. If any disputes remain to be settled, it might be done by umpires.
If the King of France be willing to accept his proposals, he must accompany the French ambassadors to Flanders and Gueldres.—Wanstead, 12th August 1506.
French. pp. 10 of print.
Lettres du Roy Louis XII., vol. I. p. 78.
16 Aug.
A. G. d. D. d. N.
Friendship of Henry towards the Archduchess Margaret.
482. Monsieur De Croy, and other Counsellors of the King Of Castile, to Philip, King Of Castile.
[News of the war in Flanders.]
Have written to the King of England, and informed him of what passed in Flanders. Have received this very day his answer, and send the letter of the King of England to him. Are much afraid that the King of England has cooled in his friendship in consequence of the answer which the Archduchess Margaret has given to the President of Flanders, and afterwards to the Count Montfort and the Bailly of Amont, ambassadors of the King of the Romans, and again to the President of the King of Castile. All her answers are of the same tenor.
[News of France.]
The succour to be given by the King of England is expected to come late, and to be small.
[More news of France and of Flanders.]
It is very desirable soon to know the real intentions of the King of England. Until his final decision has been declared, and until it is known what the success of the King of the Romans will be, it would be well to entertain the King of France with vain expectations.
[More news of France.]
Are in difficulties as to what to do with respect to the last treaty of commerce. Have informed King Henry of the difficulties in the way of its execution. As, however, the treaty can, after a year's notice, be annulled, Philip may send his ratification. Will not deliver it to the King of England, except in case of need.
French. pp. 11 of print. Fragment.
Lettres du Roy Louis XII., vol. I. p. 67.
19 Aug.
G. H. Arch. Vienna.
483. Henry VII. to Maximilian, King Of The Romans.
Has received his letter dated Vienna the 20th July, by which he begs him to send ambassadors to Malines, and informs him that he has already sent envoys there. The meeting at Malines is no longer necessary, as he and the ambassadors of King Philip have already transacted all the business which was to have been transacted at Malines.
During the stay of King Philip in England, three treaties were concluded ; viz., 1, a treaty of alliance ; 2, that of his marriage with the Archduchess Margaret ; 3, a treaty of commerce.
Treaties concluded during the stay of Philip in England.
The treaty of alliance was sealed and sworn and solemnly proclaimed on the same day that he, and the Prince of Wales, received the order of the Garter and the Toison d'Or. According to this treaty all three treaties were again to be ratified and sworn after King Philip had left the kingdom of England.
The new ratifications were to be exchanged in the town of Calais, the treaty of alliance and marriage before the 20th of June, and that of commerce before the last day of July.
His ambassadors were at Calais by the appointed time, with all the necessary papers, but the ambassadors of King Philip have not arrived up to this day ; nor has he heard anything of the approval of the Pope, which had been promised him, nor of the securities for the dowry and the consent of the Archduchess. Will consent to a prorogation of the term to the end of August.
The meeting of the ambassadors at Malines was not about the treaties which had been already concluded, but about another and secret matter, as King Philip has written with his own hand to Maximilian. If he will read the letter he will find that circumstances have changed so much that it has become no longer necessary to send ambassadors.—Greenwich, 19th August, 1506.
French. pp. 4 in print.
Printed in the Bibliothek des Literarischen Vereins in Stuttgart, vol. X. p. 245.
28 Aug.
S. E. T. c. I. L. 5. f. 4.
Poverty of the Princess of Wales.
Inability of her trustees to help her.
484. Juan Lopez, Trustee Of Queen Isabella, to King Ferdinand Of Spain.
Has done all in his power to remedy the great embarassment of the Princess of Wales, as Monsieur Ferrer will write more circumstantially ; but is afraid that the trustees will not be able to assist her effectually. They have nothing in their keeping but the two jewels of the Crown and a collar. The trustees do not think it advisable to send the jewels to England, where they would not be paid for according to their value. But it is a sad thing to hear of the necessity of the Princess, and not to help her. The trustees offer the two jewels and the collar to him, and ask him to send money to the Princess, who is not only the daughter of the late Queen, but also his child.
The poverty of the Princess reflects dishonour on his, and on the late Queen's name. If she had been alive, she would not have suffered it, even if the Princess had not been her daughter. It is the duty of a King to succour a young Princess who is living in a foreign land without protection, and exposed to such dangers as the Princess of Wales.— Valladolid, 28th August.
Addressed : "To the Catholic King ... Arragon ... city and Jerusalem, my Lord."
Indorsed : "1506."
Enclosed is a note to Almazan. Sends him fruits from his garden in Valladolid.
Spanish. Holograph. pp. 3.
31 Aug.
B. M. MSS. Add. 21,382.
Duke of Gueldres.
485. Louis XII. to Henry VII.
Is most willing to accept his proposal to reconcile the King of Castile to the Duke of Gueldres. Has directly sent to the Duke of Gueldres to inform him of his intentions. Thinks it would be best if the King of Castile and the Duke of Gueldres would submit all their differences to them. In order to prevent additional bloodshed, has countermanded the troops which he was sending to the Duke of Gueldres.—Blois, last day of August 1506.
Addressed : "To the most High and Mighty Prince, &c. &c. the King of England."
Copy. French. pp. 2, print.
Printed in Gairdner's Letters, &c., vol. I. p. 289.