Venice: May 1511

Pages 44-46

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 1511

May 2. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xliv. p. 12. 101. The Doge and Senate to the Ambassador at the [Papal] Court.
Had heard that the hostile army was shifting its quarters. Not known which road it would take. Deem it advisable that the Archbishop of York should come with the troops [under his command] to join the others on this side.
Were glad to hear that the Pope had conferred, the provostship on the Bishop of Coir, and hope that the Cardinal of Gurk will very soon repent him of his insolence. Think it would not be amiss for the Pope to give notice of these facts to his ambassador in England, and also to the princes of Germany, to whom Gurk is most odious.
Ayes, 163. Noes, 2. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 46 lines.]
May 5. Senato Mar, v. xvii. p. 126. 102. Contract between Piero da Cha da Pesaro and King Henry VIII.
Piero da Cha da Pesaro being bound to the King of England to send him a large supply of bows, but unable to rind means for their conveyance owing to the present war, though constantly urged to fulfil his engagement, as seen by the letters from his Majesty now read to the Senate; and it being considered very fitting and to the purpose to gratify his Majesty not only in this but in every matter of greater importance, (most especially as the said nobleman has offered to send the bows from time to time as bound at his own expense, provided the means be given him to hire foreign ships and barks, and as ships with the sole freight of bows and without wines cannot make the voyage to England)—Put to the ballot, that by authority of the Senate licence be given to said Piero to hire one or more foreign barks and ships, and that he may have the means of sending the bows, he be allowed to load to the amount of 500 butts of Candia wine, his own property and that of others, in such name as shall seem fit to him, the acts passed to the contrary notwithstanding.
Ayes, 111. Noes, 43. Neutrals, 0.
Kinsfolk ordered to withdraw, and mention made of the laws and penalties.
[Italian, 17 lines.]
May 7. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xliv. p. 15. 103. The Doge and Senate to the Ambassador at the [Papal] Court.
Allude to what the Pope had told him concerning' the announcement made by the Scotch ambassador. Remind him that it would be well to urge the King of England to put in execution the offers made by him in case the King of France should come into Italy.
Ayes, 146. Noes, 10. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 25 lines.]
May 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. xii. p. 139. 104. Receipt of Letters from the Proveditor Capello, dated Finale, 8th, 9th, and 10th.
The Cardinal of England, who had been besieging the bastion of Genivolo, had arrived at Cento, and was on his march to the camp. Was said to have 2,000 Spaniards with him. Comes to reinforce the army. He came into the camp previously, and those foot soldiers, getting no pay from the Pope, had taken the town of Cento, and then on receiving money they were quieted. (fn. 1)
May 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xii. p. 145. 105. Receipt of Letters from the Ambassador Badoer, dated London, 10 April. Trifles. Good will of King Henry. Nothing of importance.
1511. May 28. Sanuto Diaries, v. xii. p. 158. 106. Contents of Letters from the Ambassador Badoer, dated London 5 and 6 May, concerning the good will of the King, who purposes doing great things against France should the King of Spain also do the like. He fain would that the agreement with the Emperor should be concluded, but he was nevertheless sending a present of 12 fine coursers to the King of France.


  • 1. Guicciardini, v. ii. p. 343, alludes to the siege of the bastion of Genivolo, but makes no mention of Cardinal Bainbridge, who seems to have received the red hat as a reward for military service; and we now find him quelling a mutiny, and ransoming the birthplace of Guercino.