Spain: August 1537

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Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 5 Part 2, 1536-1538. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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August 1537, 1-31

20 Aug. 161. The Same to Miçer Bernardo Aviete
S. Pat. Re. Div. de
It., cap. con Pont.
B. M. Add. 28, 589,
f. 351.
Has heard by letters of the marquis del Gasto (Alfonso Davalos), the count de Cifuentes, and Figueroa, the ambassador in Genoa, that the mob and rabble of Piacenza assembled in considerable numbers, and attempted to take possession of that city. That Cosmo de Medici, Alessandro Vitello, Pyrrho Colonna, and captain Francisco Sarmiento concerted so effectually and managed so well that they routed the rebels and took Filippo Strozzi, Bartolomeo Valori, and many other officers of rank, prisoners.
Enjoins him to be watchful against similar enterprises, to keep close watch on Strozzi and Valori, and not set them free on any account without receiving especial orders from him.
Strozzi and Valori only, but no other prisoners, to be examined in a Court of Justice concerning the murder of the duke Alessandro [de Medici] and those who actually perpetrated or advised it. (fn. n1) —Monçon, 20 Aug. 1537.


  • n1. Similar letters were written to Cosmo de' Medici, Alessandro Vitello, Phrrho Colonna, Francisco Sarmiento, and cardinal Cibo. Bernardo Aviete, the bishop, to whom the Emperor's letter is addressed, had been as early as February entrusted with a mission to Florence. See above, No. 135, p.328.