Spain: August 1520

Pages 314-316

Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 2, 1509-1525. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1866.

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August 1520

4 Aug.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 19. f. 158.
290. Juan Manuel, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
The last letter which he received from him was dated the 26th of June. His enemies spread all kinds of unfavourable rumours about him, and he (Juan Manuel) is not in a position to contradict them.
Sends this courier for no other purpose than to inform him of the state of his armies in Italy. The Sicilian army is disbanding. About 300 soldiers, who have forsaken their colours, have already arrived in Naples, and the rest are expected soon to follow. The disbanded soldiers rob the villagers by force and steal in the towns. He is not only losing his army, but also his credit in Italy. Such bad stories are told of him (the Emperor) that he would be ashamed to repeat them.
Wrote in a former letter that the King of France had promised the Pope to inform him what was proposed and decided upon in his interview with the King of England. A certain Moreta, a Piedmontese, has arrived as envoy extraordinary of the King of France. It is easy to imagine that the account he gave the Pope of the interview was not to the prejudice of the King of France. The Pope has ordered a room to be given to Moreta in his palace, and has daily conferences with him. The Pope is very cold towards him (Juan Manuel), as his agents who were at the interview write him word that the King of France will soon begin war with him (the Emperor). Has already told him that the Pope has no other choice but either to conclude an alliance with the King of France against him (the Emperor), or with him against the King of France.
Encloses letters from the Viceroy of Sicily.
No one in Rome knows that he is sending this courier.— Rome, the 4th of August 1520.
Addressed : "To the most sacred Cœsar, &c., our sovereign Lord."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 3.
12 Aug.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 19. f. 171.
291. Juan Manuel, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
Has had a long conversation with the Pope, to whom he communicated the contents of his despatch of the 30th of July. The Pope thanks him very much for his holograph letter, and declares himself ready to conclude the alliance (with the Emperor and the King of England) without any delay. Does not know whether his Holiness does not wish to change some of the articles of the draft. The Venetians must know nothing of this treaty, and the war must not commence in Ferrara. Such, at least, is the opinion of the Pope. Begged the Pope not to nominate a legate in France.
The Pope regularly pays 30,000 ducats a year to the Swiss. Pay of the Imperial army in Naples. The Pope told him that Moreta, the French envoy, is a poor fellow, (fn. 1) and promised to send Raphael de Medicis the papers concerning the creation of the Cardinal of England as legate, and the briefs which are destined for the King of England, although he (the Emperor) had asked the Pope to send the briefs to him with the confirmation of his election as Emperor, and the investiture of Naples.
Conspiracy to assassinate the Cardinal de Medicis.
Hieronymo Adorno. Bishop of Liege. The King of Portugal and the Cardinal of Santi Quattro.
His (the Emperor's) intention to return direct from Aix to Spain is disapproved by his friends and approved by his enemies.
Has asked the Cardinal de Grassis to give him the treaty concerning Constantinople. The Cardinal referred him to his secretary, and the secretary asks money from him ; but the Cardinal of Santa Croce has promised to procure the treaty without paying money for it. Begs him, nevertheless, to give him permission to pay the secretary 30 or 40 ducats.
Rome, the 12th of August 1520.
Addressed : "To the most sacred Cœsar, King of Spain, &c., our sovereign Lord."
Indorsed : "Rome. Don Juan Manuel, the 12th of August. Received in Brussels on the 3rd of September."
Spanish. Autograph in cipher. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 4.
22 Aug.
M. Re. Ac. d. Hist. Salazar. A. 19. f. 181.
292. Juan Manuel, Imperial Ambassador in Rome, to the Emperor.
The Pope has despatched a courier to him, who is to go by way of Germany, because he is afraid the French would open the letters if he went through France.
The courier brings the papers concerning the Cardinal of England. The bull is not a formal one, because a formal bull could not be given except with the knowledge of the Consistory of Cardinals. The same courier is the bearer of two briefs of the Pope, one for him, the other destined for the King of England. In these briefs the Pope handles the King of France rather roughly. The briefs are sent to the nuncio.
[Ecclesiastical affairs of Spain.]
The Duke of Ferrara has made presents to the mother of the King of France.
Intrigues of the French and of the partisans of France in Italy.—Rome, the 22nd of August.
Indorsed : "Rome. To the King, from Don Juan Manuel, the 22nd of August."
Spanish. Contemporary deciphering. pp. 4.


  • 1. "Pajaro," sparrow.