Venice: November 1513

Pages 150-152

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 2, 1509-1519. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1867.

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November 1513

Nov. 1. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. pp. 237, 238. 347. Piero Lando, Venetian Ambassador in Rome, to the State.
Dated 29th October.
The King of England had most assuredly crossed over to the island with his army, and quitted France.
Nov. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 267. 348. Receipt of Advices from France, addressed to private merchants, that on the 14th of October the King of England crossed over to the island with his army, and that the French camp was going to Tournai to retake that town.
Nov. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 269. 349. Vetor Lipomano to—.
Dated Rome, 4th November.
The Pope was sending the Polish ambassador, then at Rome, first to France and then to England, to adjust the differences between the two Kings. Mentions a report that on the day of the coronation of the infant King of Scotland, the Scots routed the English.
Nov. 9. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 271. 350. Advices from Rome.
Read in the Venetian Senate on the 9th November.
The King of England had assuredly quitted France, and would return in the spring. (fn. 1) A force (according to report) of 200 horse and 12,000 (sic) foot, under one who was his bastard brother, (fn. 2) had been left by him in Tournai, where, during his Majesty's stay, some jousts were made.
Nov. 9. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xlvi. p. 23, tergo. 351. The Doge and Senate to Andrea Badoer, Ambassador in England.
Understanding that the King is now returned to England, send their congratulations. He (Badoer) to keep the King well disposed towards the State, and to write constantly by way of Rome, as safest. Give account of the rout of their army by the Imperialists and Spaniards, and the cruelties committed by them. Announce a victory obtained at Calcina in the Bergamasque territory on the 2d November, by their commander Renzo da Ceri, who captured Cesare Fieramosca, 40 men-at-arms, and 200 light horse.
[Italian, 37 lines.]
Nov. 14. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 283. 352. News of the French Court and of Picardy.
Received at Lyons at midnight on the 28th October 1513, having been written at Corbeil, on the 24th.
On Thursday morning the King of England departed from “Borgo Borgi, near Cocharchá” (sic) on his way back to England, where he had much to do, as the Scots in considerable numbers were waging war on him. The truth concerning the death of the King of Scots was not known. The King of France received news that he had been killed. The advices of the Scottish ambassador at the French court purported that he was alive.
According to report, the Earl of Douglas meant to avenge the death of the King of Scotland, and was waging this fierce war on England.
The King of England had taken with him his army and artillery, save a certain number of troops left in garrison at Tournai and Calais.
On the 21st October Monsr. de Rieux, who had been captured by the English and remained with them until then, arrived at the French court, and said he had seen the King and his army in readiness to embark in the course of that day.
The Captain Bayard, who was a prisoner to the English, had been released on paying a ransom of 1,200 ducats, and was at the French court.
The inhabitants of Tournai had privily sent a priest to the King of France, beseeching him to retake the place, because the surrender was owing to a conspiracy of four merchants, who betrayed and sold the town.
The King of England had left in Tournai a garrison of five or six thousand foot, and eight hundred horse. France hoped speedily to regain the place, as the King of England had treated the inhabitants so well that they neither wished nor expected to remain long under him, and would prefer death and the abandonment of the town (villa) and of their houses.
The Captain Louis d'Ars followed the King of England with 400 spears to harass his rearguard, but without success.
On the 20th October the King of France arrived at Corbeil, and sent for Mons. d'Angoulême and the princes and captains of his camp. On that day a council was held, and it was determined to send the Duke of Bourbon into Burgundy with 900 men at arms and 10,000 foot, including those of the Duke of Guelders.
Nov. 14. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 279. 353. Letters from London, received by the Pasqualigo firm.
Dated, — October.
The deaths by plague varied from three to four hundred a day. Two individuals had died in the service of the Venetian ambassador, who, on account of the disease, was gone into the country.
Nov. 14. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 280. 354. Vetor Lipomano to—.
Dated, Rome, 10th November.
Receipt there of letters from France, dated 28th October, announcing the departure of the King of England, and the rout of the English by the Scots.
Nov. 17. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 287. 355. Government of Florence (“X di Balla”) to Pietro Bibiena, Papal Ambassador in Venice.
Advices from the French court, dated the 3rd. The King had determined to send his men-at-arms into garrison, as it was no longer the season to encamp: and this he did on hearing of the departure of the King of England, who, for love of a lady, had clad himself and his court in mourning (qual per amor di dama era vestito di bruno lid e la sua corte): and, according to many advices, the Scots were prospering in England.
Nov. 19. Misti Consiglio X., v. xxxvi. p. 58. 356. The Council of Ten to the Ambassador in France.
By their letters of the 12th had charged him to exhort the most Christian King to send troops into Italy with all speed.
By his letters of the 22nd down to the 27th, which came through Rome, received intelligence of the departure of the King of England.
Ayes, 27. Noes, 0. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 24 lines.]
Nov. 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 295. 357. Dandolo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the State.
Dated 13th October.
The Scots had entered England, and had crowned the infant son: of their late King.
Nov. 28. Senato Mar. v. xviii. p. 20. 358. Decree of the Senate.
Motion made to prolong for six months the permission to import western wools, on the the terms specified in the Act passed on the 23rd April 1513.
Ayes, 152. Noes, 0.


  • 1. According to the Chronicle of Calais, Henry VIII. sailed thence to Dover on the 21st October 1513.
  • 2. The Lieutenant of Tournai was Sir Edward Ponynges; see Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. i. p. 687, no. 4,519.—I believe that historians do not allude to his bastardy.