Venice: February 1514

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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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February 1514

Feb. 3. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 479. 370. Roberto Acciaiuolo, Florentine Ambassador in France, to the “X di Balia.”
Dated Blois, 5th January.
The King was in bed with the gout, which impeded negotiations.
“The White Knight,” (fn. 1) who was in Scotland, had written to the King that the Scots purposed continuing the war against England, for France, but require the aid of troops, and want 600 spears and 1,000 lansquenets, to obtain which they were sending two ambassadors to France.
Feb. 5. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 483. 371. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated 13 January 1514.
The King shows himself in reality the Signory's friend, and it would be well to keep him so; he has offered to mediate for the agreement in course of negotiation with the Emperor, to whom he has already written letters accordingly.
Next May he will certainly invade France, and celebrate three pairs of marriages,—first, that of his maiden sister to the Archduke of Burgundy: secondly, of his sister the Queen widow of Scotland to the Emperor; and thirdly, of the Lady Margaret, the Emperor's daughter, to a Baron of England, called my Lord of [Lisle], whom he means to make Duke of Suffolk. (fn. 2) Mentions also the amount of troops which the King will bring into the field.
Feb. 6. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 488. 372. Marco Dandolo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the State.
Dated Blois, 21 January.
Account of the obsequies of Queen Anne [of Britanny]. The King in bed with gout and fever.
A nuncio from the Pope, who was a prothonotary, (fn. 3) had been to the Lady Margaret, and was proceeding to England, for the purpose of making an agreement between England and France.
Moreover the Lady Margaret was having twenty-six pieces of ordnance cast, at the request of the King of England.
Feb. 8. Misti Consiglio X. v. xxxvi. p. 100. 373. Instruction given to the Ambassador of Selim I., by name Ali-Bei, and sent also to the Venetian “Bailo” at Constantinople, by the Council of Ten.
The King of France perseveres in the league and good understanding between himself and the Signory, and is making great preparations of cavalry and infantry, and likewise of a fleet, to defend himself from the enemies who threaten him with an attack this summer, namely, the Kings of England and Spain, the Emperor, and the Switzers. The Queen of France died on the 8th ultimo, and the King has some thoughts of marrying again. The Pope gives the Signory fair words: believe him to be much afraid of the enemies.
[Italian, 25 lines.]
Feb. 17. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. pp. 514, 515. 374. Marco Dandolo, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Dated Blois, 28th January.
The King of England also was making great preparations to invade France in the spring, so that King Lewis took small heed for the affairs of Italy, and is anxious for the consummation of the marriage of his daughter to Monseigneur d'Angoulême, that the “Bretons” may acknowledge her for their Queen.
The Marquis de Rothelin, who was a prisoner in England, having been captured when attempting to succour Tournai, had apparently ransomed himself for 100,000 crowns, and the King of France makes him a present of Peter of Navarre, captain of the Spanish infantry, whom the Marquis releases for 30,000 crowns, so that he will disburse 70,000 crowns ready money.
Feb. 22. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvii. p. 524. 375. Venetian Ambassador in Rome to the State.
Dated 17th, 18th, and 19th February.
Receipt of letters from England, mentioning the great preparations making against France by the King, who had been ill of the measles.


  • 1. Il Cavallier Bianco. This “White Knight” was Antoine d'Arces, Lord of La Bastie, in the territory of Melans, near Grenoble. He was surnamed “the White Knight,” because in battle he usually wore burnished armour, or perhaps a white scarf. On the death of James IV., the Regent Duke of Albany made him warden of the Marches in Scotland, where he was killed by David Hume of Wedderburn: see the historian Hume (vol. iii. p. 101, ed. London, 1744), and Louis Videl in his annotations to the Life of Bayard. Aymar du Rivail describes the White Knight thus, “mediocris et validœ staturœ, et inter alia latos habens humeros fortitudinem denotantes.”
  • 2. See also Chronicle of Calais, p. 71.
  • 3. The name of this nuncio was Giovanni Pietro Caraffa, afterwards Pope Paul V.; see Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. i. no. 4,563, p. 702.