Spain: January 1557

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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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January 1557

287. Simon Renard to Philip (Extract)
12 January The King of France has heard with great regret that negotiations are going on for a match between the Duke of Savoy and the Lady Elizabeth. The King wishes to prevent this if he possibly can. He has shown how he feels about it to the Venetian Ambassador. Indeed the French fear this match more than any other calamity that might occur. They say that the Queen has given her consent. They (i.e. the French) are devising means for upsetting the order of succession in England through the Queen of Scotland, whom they consider to come next. They intend to move the Pope to declare that the Lady Elizabeth is a bastard, hoping thus to upset your Majesty's plans.
I did not wish to risk my courier until I saw what comes of the present unrest. I have sent to the King of France to try to obtain the release of those who have been stopped, and in the meantime I am sending this letter, unsigned, by the Earl of Pembroke's favour.
Translation into Spanish.
Simancas, K.1490. (fn. 1)
13 January A decree of Philip II, issued at Valladolid, forbidding all his subjects, ecclesiastics or laymen, to go to Rome, and commanding all those at Rome to depart immediately, under penalty of death and confiscation of all property for laymen, and confiscation of all property for clergy. In order that subjects may suffer no loss or inconvenience, the Spanish Council of State is arranging that all necessary documents may be despatched in Spain. The decree to be cried publicly throughout Spain.
Besançon, C.G.V.


  • 1. This bundle is one of those which Napoleon had removed from Simancas, and which was in the Archives Nationales, Paris, down to 1940, when it was returned to Spain.