Rome: July 1573

Pages 119-123

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Vatican Archives, Volume 2, 1572-1578. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.

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July 1573

Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. vi. p. 516.
218. News Letter.
… “The Queen of England has given their Majesties to understand that she will very gladly see the Duke of Alençon to do him honour; but that she is now old, and knows not whether she will after all be minded to marry. And though she evinces a desire that he should go there, it is nevertheless believed that it is but temporising, lest they should be embarrassed in the affairs of Scotland, which by means of religion is being brought almost entirely beneath her sway, there being to-day but few Catholics left, and the Queen having recently taken Lileburgh [Edinburgh], a fortress of great importance.”
3 July, 1573. Paris. Italian.
p. 415.
219. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of. St. Papoul,] Nuncio in France to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
…“The ambassador that came from England under pretext of congratulating their Majesties on the election of Poland, came, I find, chiefly to exhort the King to make an accord with La Rochelle, in which, it seems, the Queen of England was anxious to be asked to have a hand. Now that the accord is settled, the said ambassador says that he desires to depart, deeming that there is no more for him to do. Nor does he care to see the King of Poland, making excuse that it suffices that he has presented himself to the Most Christian King and the Queen, his mother, and has declared to them the satisfaction with which his Queen regards this election.”
4 July, 1573. Paris. Italian
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. xii. f. 302.
220. [John Antony Facchinetti,] Bishop of Nicastro, Legate at Venice to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
“Mgr. of Rossano has arrived to-day and has made his entrance, being met according to custom by some gentlemen of the Pregadi (fn. 1) in the name of the Signory. To-morrow I or another will present him in College, and immediately afterwards I shall depart for Carmignano, and thence for my villa near the Bolognese. This I say, that if you should have occasion to write to me about anything, you may know where I am.”
4 July, 1573. Venice. Italian.
Vat. Lib.
Urb. Lat.
1043. f. 352.
221. News Letter.
… “As to those that withdrew to Germany, Basle, Geneva and England nothing is said; nevertheless Frangiotto is here to negotiate something for the benefit of Montgomery as also touching the marriage of M. the Duke of Alençon with the Queen of England.”
10 July, 1573. Lyon. Italian. Copy.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. vii. p. 335.
222. [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in Spain to. [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
“The Duchess (sic) of Feria is worthy of every favour and grace that the Pope has to bestow, both by reason of the merits of her late husband the Count (sic) of Feria, of good memory, who was ever most devoted to the Holy Apostolic See, and also by reason of her own devoutness, and that of her young son, and because she has ever aided and supported all the poor English exiles for religion's sake, and that too beyond what her means may bear, nor does she ever fail to aid the cause, public and private, of the Catholics of that realm, besides which she is a most holy and religious lady. She is instant with me to obtain for her an indulgence of the Pope in the form contained in the enclosed memorial. And I crave of you, as earnestly as I may, to be my intercessor with his Holiness that, in such manner as may seem good to him, this lady may be gratified of this her devout and pious desire. I knew this lady in England as the favourite bedchamber-woman of the holy Queen Mary. A most modest and religious young lady she was then, and she has ever since retained her purity of faith, nay, she has ever advanced in Christian piety and holiness of life. I shall receive this grant as a singular favour accorded to me as well as to her.”
10 July, 1573. Madrid. Italian.
Enclosure missing.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. xv.
ff. 284, 292.
223. [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como to [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio in. Spain.
…“I have to inform you by this that the copy of the capitulation of the accord between his Majesty and the Lady of England is to hand; upon which, as it is a matter of no importance, there is no occasion to enlarge….
“As to the reduction of the Lady of England [to the obedience of the Church], all the offices that are being done are good, and must be continued, although there is little or no hope that good results are likely to ensue.”
12 July, 1573. Rome. Italian. Draft.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. vi.
pp. 524–5.
224. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of S. Papoul] to. [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
…“Harlem, they say, was suffering in many ways, and the Prince of Orange was making a brigade composed partly of his own people and certain English succours and partly of soldiers sent by Montgomery, therewith to raise the siege of Harlem.
“It is shrewdly suspected that the English of whom they speak did not quit England without the Queen's leave.
“On the other hand the Duke of Alva's camp was being strongly reinforced, fresh contingents arriving hourly; and it was thought that he purposed to engage the enemy under the walls of Harlem.”
12 July, 1573. Paris. Italian.
Vat. Arch.
Arm. lxiv.
vol. 28.
ff. 68–9.
225. Louis de Berlaymont, Archbishop of Cambrai to [John,] Cardinal Moroni.
Apprising him that he has put Richard Hall in possession of a canonry, but that he is involved in litigation with a claimant of coadjutorship by grant prior to the Council of Trent. He will not fail to support Hall's title.
17 July, 1573. Cambrai. Latin.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. cclxxxiii.
f. 200.
226. [Ptolemy Galli, Cardinal of Como] to [Louis,] Cardinal of Lorraine.
“By one that is zealous for the service of God the Pope is informed that the young King of Scotland is now under the charge of a gentleman (fn. 2) as worthy and Catholic as his late brother, (fn. 3) who formerly had charge of him, was perverse and Huguenot; and that it is to be feared that as soon as the heretics of that realm have reduced a fortress which they have invested, and perchance in no long time will take, they will desire to have the King in their hands to educate him in the heretical fashion, as they had already begun to do, and that, his present governor having little force at his command, they will accomplish their design. His Holiness' informant further observes that it would be a good work to deliver the King from such peril, and remove him to a place where he might be brought up as a Catholic; and likewise he offers to introduce to us a person in the confidence of that Governor, who would come and go from and to Scotland to arrange the means of accomplishing this design, which, he represents, might be done by sending a ship to a port within a day's journey of the town where the King is, and thence, with the Governor's consent, removing the King.
“His Holiness desires to neglect no opportunity of bestirring himself in the service of God and for the good of the Christian commonwealth; but he conceives that this scheme may be attended with many difficulties as well in effecting the removal of the King of Scotland as also in determining where he is afterwards to be placed; and the Pope would be loath to give occasion of strife, having no other design than to make and establish peace between Christian princes; and he apprehends that occasion of strife would be given, if at any time the King of Scotland were placed elsewhere than in France.
“Moreover, he knows not how this scheme would be received in France; and, seeing that difficulties present themselves on every side, he has determined to suspend judgment, and depute the whole business to you, knowing you to be prudent, well versed in worldly affairs, and, to say nothing of other reasons, bound by ties of blood to be solicitous for the wellbeing of that King.
“Therefore it is that he has bidden me communicate all this to you, enjoining you of all things to keep it to yourself, and so close that not even the air may penetrate it, and then to let his Holiness know all that you discern therein of good and evil, and frankly to give him your opinion and counsel as to what may be done on the present occasion for the service of God and the weal of that King and that realm, assuming, as I have said, that his Holiness find a person meet and proper to deal with the business.”
18 July, 1573. Rome. Italian. Draft.
Vat. Lib.
Urb. Lat.
1043. f. 357.
227. News Letter.
…“The Queen of England had taken five ships of the men of Flushing to add the men to her army, which, I believe, is on the march towards Amsterdam.”
20 July, 1573. Brussels. Spanish. Copy.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. vi.
pp. 538–9.
228. [Antonio Maria] Salviati, [late] Bishop [of S. Papoul,] Nuncio in France to [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
…“As to the match with England, there is of late a great revival of the Queen's hopes, and they tell her that the Queen of England will come to one of her towns on the coast to be within easier reach of France, and also to shorten the Duke's journey if he shall cross to England to visit her.”
28 July, 1573. Paris. Italian.
Vat. Arch.
Arm. lxiv.
vol. 28. f. 69.
229. Richard Hall, Canon of Cambrai to [John,] Cardinal Moroni.
Soliciting his aid for the defence of his title to his canonry by procuring the citation of his adversary to Rome.
29 July, 1573. S. Rictrude's Abbey, Marchiennes. Latin.
Vat. Arch.
Nunt. di
vol. vii. p. 36.
230. [Nicholas Ormanetto,] Bishop of Padua, Nuncio [Ptolemy Galli,] Cardinal of Como.
…“His Majesty (fn. 4) meanwhile does not so much as touch on English affairs. I shall not fail, in answering his letter, judiciously to do my offices again in all matters.”
29 July, 1573. Madrid. Decipher. Italian.


  • 1. i.e. Senators. Cf. R. Arch. Gen. di Venezia (1873), p. 97.
  • 2. Alexander Erskine of Gogar.
  • 3. John Erskine, Earl of Mar, d. 29 Oct., 1672.
  • 4. Philip was at this time convalescent in the wood of Segovia.