Rome: 1558, December

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Vatican Archives, Volume 1, 1558-1571. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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1558, December

Vat. Arch.
Arm. xii.
vol. 26. f. 162d.
Arm. xii.
vol. 28. f. 200.
1. Papal Diary.
To-day came tidings of the death of the Queen of England, wife of the Catholic King. She had ever lived as became a Catholic, and had been the means of bringing England back to obedience of the Holy Roman Church. On the same day was announced the death of Cardinal Pole, who was ever of most laudable life. It was said that the Queen died on the 17th and the Cardinal on the 18 November: so that many, not without reason, suspected that both perished by poison.
22 Dec., 1558. Rome. Latin.
Vat. Arch.
Borgh. I.
vol. 633.
ff. 269d.–270.
2. Papal Diary.
“The French in view of the Queen of England's death grew luke-warm about the peace and hopeful of detaching that kingdom from King Philip or uniting it with that of Scotland, and (among other means to that end) were instant with the Pope that he should declare Queen Elizabeth illegitimate, and, as it were, of incestuous birth, and consequently incapable of succeeding to the throne, whereby they pretended that the crown would belong to the Queen of Scotland.”
[Dec.,] 1558. Rome. Italian.