Venice: May 1514

Pages 167-170

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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May 1514

May 1. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 139. 400. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated London, 1st April, taken out of cipher.
Details his conversations with the Bishop of Winchester about the affairs of the world, and how the Signory had made peace with Sultan Selim: also the answer given by him to the Bishop.
He had spoken with the King, who wants to go and conquer Jerusalem, and told him he would take it with 25,000 men. Also discussed the agreement between the Emperor and the Signory, and [spoke] about the King of France, and other particulars.
Note by Sanuto that the letter gave no account of what the English were doing, whether they would invade France or not; neither did Badoer mention whether there was any muster of troops and of a fleet: which silence seemed strange to the whole College, and he was much blamed.
May 6. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 145. 401. Lorenzo Pasqualigo, merchant of Venice in England, to his brothers Alvise and Francesco.
Dated London, 11th April 1514.
The King of Spain had again made truce with France, and betrayed England for the second time. Were the Catholic King a good Christian, he would not act thus; but his turn will come some day. and may God grant this.
The King's passage across will be delayed longer than he expected, by reason of many negotiations on foot in every quarter.
Announces the arrival on that day from Lisbon of letters to the King from the King of Portugal, exhorting him to march against the Moors of Syria, to obtain the Holy Land; and this because two caravels, of 550 tons burden each, had arrived from Colocut. They were freighted for the most part with pepper, gingers, and sandal wood, but had not one single pound of cloves, nor was there an ounce of cloves in all Lisbon. An ambassador from Prester John (Presto Janni) was on board these caravals with a letter in Chaldean, requesting King Emanuel to send him a considerable armada: he would supply it with men, provisions, and money to any amount desired. This armada would sail towards the Bed Sea, and disembark the forces, he going over land with a considerable army to effect a junction with them; and then they would proceed together to conquer the Holy Sepulchre.
The letter was in Chaldean, and translated into Latin, so that he saw and read it; its expressions resembling those of St. Paul in his Epistles, with so much Christian charity and faith that it would he impossible to speak better. The ambassador brought a bit of the true cross as a present for the King of Portugal. (fn. 1)
May 6. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 146. 402. Vetor Lippomano to—.
Dated Rome, 2nd May.
Advices received from England by the merchants, about negotiations for the agreement between the two crowns. The King of England, requires France to give him a certain sum of gold for the expenses he has incurred, and the King of France answered angrily, that if he wanted the money he might come and take it in France. The King of England also demanded Boulogne, and France offered to refer their disputes to the Pope.
The Pope had been unwell, but not in bed. Had taken a purge, but was convalescent, having on that day signed documents. On Friday the 5th a fresh session of the Council [of the Lateran] would be held, for the reform of the Church, so that henceforth the priests would fare badly. In point of fact, it was necessary to stay the proceedings of the priests, most especially of those at Rome.
May 12. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 154. 403. Vetor Lippomano to—.
Dated Rome, 9th May.
Advices received by way of Milan, that the English were to invade France, but had not yet commenced crossing.
May 15. Misti Consiglio X. v. xxxvii. p. 8. 404. The Council of Ten to the Ambassador in Rome.
Had received his letters of the 10th, 11th, and 12th.
Urge despatch, lest the most Christian King take another course. Had invariably maintained that the security of the French crown consisted in an union with the Pope, and of the authority and power exercised by his Holiness with the King of England and the Switzers.
[Italian, 76 lines.]
May 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 160. 405. Lorenzo Pasqualigo, merchant of Venice, to his brothers Alvise and Francesco.
Dated London, 22nd April 1514.
Nothing more was said about the King's invasion of France. On the contrary the King was much exasperated against his father-in-law the King of Spain for having made truce with France, without his knowledge or consent. Moreover, negotiations were on foot between the Kings of England and France, the heralds going constantly to and fro.
May 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 160. 406. Lorenzo Pasqualigo, merchant of Venice, to his brothers Alvise and Francesco.
Dated London, 24th April.
Letters from Home, dated 5th April, had been received in London, announcing the rout of the Germans in the Friuli by Alviano, which was a judgment upon them for not observing the three months truce made by the Pope, during which they went to ravage the Friuli. In London everybody rejoiced at this rout, knowing that the Germans had broken faith to Venice, as they did to the King of England, through the truce they made in conjunction with Spain without his Majesty's knowledge. Should the Turks come, as expected, the Spaniards would have to retire. Some are of opinion there would be a truce between England and France: others anticipate a peace. Should it be a truce it would last for a year. Will write again in two or three weeks, when everything would transpire. In the meanwhile the King was ready to cross with so large an army, and so much artillery and money, that he would doubtless have made himself master of France. Suspects that on this account the Emperor and the King of Spain (sti Signori) made the truce, and broke their faith as aforesaid. At any rate King Henry had done himself great honour, and kept faith single handed. The letter written to the King by the Signory was much to the purpose. Urge the Signory to write to the King frequently, as by a mere trifle they might retain so powerful a friend.
May 17. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 161. 407. Transmission to Rome by the College, on the evening of the 16th April, of the advices from England, together with money for the levy of infantry.
May 19. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 167. 408. Venetian Ambassador in Rome to the State.
Dated 15 th May.
Conversations with the Pope concerning the League. He was awaiting the agreement between France and England, which was being negotiated.
May 19. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 167. 409. Vetor Lippomano to—.
Dated Rome, 15th May.
Letters received there from France by merchants. The King was making preparations, and would be in Italy by the middle of July, because for this year the English would not invade France. If the French came, the Pope would turn in favour of Venice.
May 19. Misti Consiglio X. v. xxxvii. p. 11. 410. The Council of Ten to the Ambassador Dandolo in France.
Recommend union with the Pope, as a guarantee for France against the common enemies.
This alliance would augment the resources of France and Venice, and secure King Lewis against the King of England, who, from the advices received by the State, depends entirely on the will of the Pope.
[Italian, 50 lines.]
May 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 171. 411. Marco Dandolo, Ambassador in France, to the State.
Dated Paris, 3rd May.
The agreement with England was being negotiated, and was to be signed on the 5th.
May 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 171. 412. Vetor Lippomano to—.
Dated Rome, 18th May.
Should the King of England invade France, King Lewis will give his daughter in marriage [to the Archduke Ferdinand?]. If the King of England does not attack, King Lewis will assuredly undertake the Italian expedition.
May 22. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 173. 413. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated 27th April.
The King was not making any preparations to invade France. Wanted the Signory to send him four galleys at his own cost, that he might go to Jerusalem. (fn. 2) He (Badoer) had spoken with the Bishop of Winchester, who, in the course of conversation, blamed the King of Spain for having made truce with France without the knowledge of King Henry. The Bishop paid his (Badoer's) expenses, as he had neither money nor the means of procuring any.
May 29. Sanuto Diaries, v. xviii. p. 188. 414. Vetor Lippomano to—.
Dated Rome, 25th May.
The magnifico Julian [de' Medici], told him of advices from France that King Lewis was sending one of his chief noblemen, the General of Normandy, (fn. 3) as ambassador to the King of England, and hoped the agreement would take place.
Also that there were letters from Spain, announcing the adhesion of the King of England to the truce made by the King of Spain with the King of France.


  • 1. Concerning this embassy from Prester John, see also Mr. Brewer's Calendar, vol. i. p. 595, no. 4173, 6th June 1513.
  • 2. “Mandasse li 4 galie a so speze per andar in Jerusalem.”
  • 3. Thomas Bohier.