Venice: November 1510

Pages 39-41

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 1510

Nov. 9. Sanuto Diaries, v. xi. p. 421. 86. Reading of Letters in cipher, received on the preceding day from Andrea Badoer, ambassador in England, dated 9th September, how he had spoken with the King, who was willing to accommodate the Signory with 150,000 ducats, provided jewels to that amount were consigned to him as security. His Majesty wishes Badoer to remain in England and to send for his wife, that she may reside there.
Nov. 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xi. p. 433. 87. Motion made in the Senate by all the Sages, for a letter to Andrea Badoer, ambassador in England, in reply to what he wrote about the King's willingness to lend the State 150,000 ducats, provided jewels to that amount be given him as security. The Signory expresses its perfect satisfaction at this arrangement, and desires to be informed of the mode in which the transaction is to be effected, and will make out the receipt “on account of so many jewels;” the King to accommodate them with 100,000 ducats, and Badoer to write by what means the jewels can be sent to England, and also how the money should be remitted to England.
Nov. 16. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xliii. p. 155. 88. The Doge and Senate to Andrea Badger, Ambassador in England.
Announce the recent receipt of his letters of 23rd September, whereby they perceive the offer which he says was made him by King Henry to accommodate the Signory with a good sum of money in this her very urgent need.
Charge him to return ample thanks to his Majesty, promising eternal recollection of the favour, and reciprocity. If the King be pleased to accommodate the State with 100,000 ducats, he may remit the same into the hands of his reverend ambassador at Rome, to whom the Signory will give security in jewels, or even send the jewels to his Majesty, together with bows and such other things as may best please him. To endeavour to learn what the King wishes, and give the State speedy notice thereof.
If spoken to on the subject of the Flanders galleys he is to reply, that if the State's merchants were guaranteed against attacks from the King of Spain and the French, the Signory is of opinion they would prepare for the voyage.
The Pope is now most closely allied with the Signory, and more than ever exasperated against the French and disposed to release Italy from the servitude in which they hold her.
Relate how the Pope has been lately at Bologna, where the grand master (fn. 1) of Milan appeared in battle array, insulting that city and the person of his Holiness, who excommunicated him by name, and also the other French captains and the city of Milan.
Give account of the numerous papal army at Modena, including 300 spears sent by the King of Spain under Fabricio Colonna. The Signory has also sent 500 spears, 5,000 infantry, and 1,600 light horse, commanded by the proveditor general, the noble Paulo Capello. Purpose making a united attack. The rest of the Venetian army is at Montagnana ready for action. To communicate this intelligence to the King.
Ayes, 124. Noes, 11. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 44 lines.]
Nov. 24. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xliii. 157, tergo. 89. The Doge and Senate to the Ambassador at the [Papal] Court.
The proposal of the reverend English ambassador to the Pope for a league between his Holiness, his own King, and the Signory, if carried into effect, would be fetal to the French; wherefore they enjoin their ambassador to thank the Archbishop of York in their name, and to tell him that they will be mindful of his excellent disposition, and show such gratitude as is their wont; assuring him also that his proposal has been accepted by the Signory for the advantage, not merely of the Pope, of England, and of Venice, but of all Christendom. Although the Pope seems to decline the proposal on the ground of expense, they charge their ambassador to persuade the Archbishop of York to induce the Pope not to reject the offers thus made to him, so that the negotiation may proceed and be concluded with all possible despatch. The ambassador to declare also to his Holiness, that he may increase their contingent by such amount as shall seem fit to him, they being willing to bear every expense, even beyond their strength. With regard to the suggestion of the Archbishop of York about sending a legate of authority to England, is to persuade the Pope to do so speedily; though, as the distance is so great, they recommend that the matters should be concluded without awaiting the mission.
The ambassador is to announce to the Pope their readiness to bear such part of this burden as he himself shall choose. Ts subsequently to make a like announcement to the Archbishop of York, adroitly nevertheless, to avoid irritating the Pope.
Ayes, 170: Noes, 2: Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 74 lines.]
Nov. 25. Sanuto Diaries, v. xi p. 449. 90. Reading in the Senate of Letters from the Signory's ambassadors at the papal court, dated the 19th, how the English ambassador [the Archbishop of York] had been to the Pope and told him that his King would make a league with his Holiness and the Signory, provided they bring 2,000 men-at-arms and 10,000 infantry into the field. That the King of England would attack France beyond the Alps; and that the King of Scotland, who is a most valiant man, would be a good commander-in-chief for the Venetian expedition. The Pope replied that he could not incur so great an expense; so the Archbishop of York spoke to the Venetian ambassadors about this, adding other very secret clauses. The said letters were read with strong injunctions to silence.
Nov. 30. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xliii. p. 159. 91. The Doge and Senate to the Ambassador in Rome.
On the preceding morning, the friar, Cardinal Adrian [de Corneto]'s agent, had audience of the Doge; and amongst other things, narrated the negotiation for the league, promoted by the reverend English ambassador [the Archbishop of York]. The Signory confirmed in their opinion, to omit nothing whatever [that can conduce to the league's conclusion].
[Italian, 66 lines.]


  • 1. The French commander-in-chief, De Chaumont.