Spain: February 1556

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Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 13, 1554-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954.

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February 1556

260. “Truce and abstinence from war and suspension of arms, etc., between the Emperor and the King of England, his son, and the King of France, by land, by sea, rivers and lakes, East and West and other places and harbours and passes, as is expressly declared and understood both for themselves and their heirs and successors, their kingdoms and lordships on both sides of the mountains, wherever they may be situated” (Extracts)
6 February No innovation is to be undertaken, directly or indirectly, during this truce to the prejudice of peace. Everything is to remain in the same state as it is at present, and the possessions of the Princes on both sides are to remain as they were at the moment when the truce was signed. All this is to hold for the five years to come, dating from the day on which the truce was signed. (fn. 1) The truce is immediately to be published on both sides along the frontiers and progressively in other places which are to benefit by it. . . . . . . .
This truce was concluded at the Abbey of Vaucelles, on 6 February, 1556, in the presence of the Commissioners of the above-mentioned three Princes. . . . . . . . .
The King of France is to pay a pension for the duration of the said truce to the Duke of Savoy amounting to the equivalent of the revenue of the country of Ivrea in the judgment of persons who understand this matter. The pension is to be paid in two instalments, in July and February, the first being payable next July, 1556.
No one is to be allowed to go to the Indies of Peru without the permission of the King of England. . . . . . . . .
Copy. Spanish.
Simancas, E.112.
261. “Copy of the letters patent of King Henry of France concerning a truce between the Emperor, his son the King of England, and the King of France, for a period of five years” (Extract)
Blois, 13 February All men are to know that a truce, permitting commercial relations and the cessation of arms, has been concluded between the King of France, the Emperor and Philip King of England, their heirs and successors, on both sides of the mountains for a period of five years as from 5 (sic) February, 1556. It is the King's will that this truce be observed inviolate and that all those who disregard it shall be punished in an exemplary manner as breakers of the peace. The subjects of both Princes are to be free to go and come and trade in all places East and West, by sea, lakes and rivers, without let or hindrance, provided they pay the customary dues levied in time of peace.
Signed: Henry; countersigned Burdin. Translated into Spanish.
Simancas, E.809.
Proclaimed on 20 February 1556 by public criers in the city of Roanne and many other places.


  • 1. Renard was afterwards blamed by the Bishop of Arras for this; Arras asserting that Renard had been told that the truce was not to take effect until it had been published (cf. Weiss, Vol. V, p. 41). in order to allow time for ground to be gained in Italy.