Spain: March 1556

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

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'Spain: March 1556', in Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 13, 1554-1558, (London, 1954) pp. 258-259. British History Online [accessed 1 March 2024]

March 1556

262. Philip to Francisco de Vargas (fn. 1) (Extract)
La Vure, 20 March About the Council, which they wish to send to Rome, breaking up that of Trent, (fn. 2) intention is clear. If there is further insistence on it we will consider what reply to make. I should be very glad to hear your own opinion on this point in greater detail than you have written so far. You know everything that has happened in this connection, together with our own reasons for the attitude we have taken up, wherefore please let us have a succinct report and send it to us in order that we may give you suitable instructions.
I have seen what you say about Courtenay and the message he took to you. You will do well to watch him carefully and find out everything he is up to. If he leaves that place and proceeds towards Milan or Piedmont, you will immediately inform the Cardinal and the Marquess (fn. 3) and also let me know. . . . . .
Signed: Yo el Rey. Spanish.
Simancas, E.123.


  • 1. Philip's Ambassador in Venice.
  • 2. The Council had not been in session since 1552, and was not to resume its labours until after Pius IV (elected 26 Dec. 1559) had succeeded Paul IV.
  • 3. The Marquess of Sarriá, Philip's Ambassador in Rome.