Venice: August 1519

Pages 549-550

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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August 1519

Aug. 4. Minio's Original Letter Book, MS. penes me. Letter no. 352. 1263. Marco Minio to the Signory.
Announces the receipt of letters from France and Spain. Went to the Pope to hear their contents, and as the hour was late the Pope said to him, “Stay and dine with us, as after dinner we will talk together farther.”
The Pope believed that the Catholic King wished for peace, and would not make war for the next two years. The Pope considered that at any rate a league should be formed against Charles V., and hoped the King of England would join, although he had made rejoicings; but the Pope had written to him in good form, that he also ought to beware of the power of the Catholic King.
The Pope added that he understood the Switzers were dissatisfied at the election of the Catholic King, and came to the conclusion that, if King Francis knew how to negotiate, he might have them also; and he much blamed the style of negotiation used by France, saying they did not observe the forms which were requisite in negotiating.
Rome, 4th August 1519.
[Extract, Italian.]
Aug. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxvii. p. 416. 1264. Antonio Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
Poissy, 29th July.
Had announced to the King the goodwill of the Signory, and their desire that he should persevere in his alliance with the Pope and the King of England. Reply of the King that England would join the Pope, France, and the Switzers.
Aug. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxvii. p. 418. 1265. Francesco Cornaro, Venetian Ambassador in Spain, to the Signory.
Barcelona, 6th July 1519.
That morning (6th July), three hours before daybreak, letters arrived there from the electors, announcing the election of the Catholic King as King of the Romans at Frankfort on St. Peter's eve. The intelligence was brought by a Flemish secretary.
When this was known all the grandees and noblemen went to kiss his Majesty's hand, and the Papal nuncio, the English ambassador, and Cornaro congratulated him, after which all proceeded to a Franciscan Observantine church outside the town to hear mass and the “Te Beam.” The French ambassador did not appear, although he received notice, and the King waited for him more than an hour, which circumstance was much talked of When the King entered the church of St. Francis, the Papal nuncio presented himself, saying that as God eternal had raised him to that dignity, he should oppose the enemies of the Christian faith, and make provision against them; for which the nuncio was much praised by everybody, including even the King himself.
[Extract, Italian.]
Aug. 13. Senato Mar, v. xix. p. 103. 1266. Motion made for the election of Proveditors for the factories of Damascus, London, and Alexandria, for the period of two years, the term of service of the present Proveditors being about to expire.
Ayes, 118. Noes, 1. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 9 lines.]
Aug. 16. Minio's Original Letter Book, MS. penes me. Letter no. 357. 1267. Maeco Minio to the Signory.
The Pope said the imperial election had displeased the King of England. The King of France had written a letter of congratulation to the Catholic King. The King of England did not write, but wrote to his ambassador to offer congratulations in his name, in which letter he did not style the Catholic King King of the Romans: so the Pope inferred that the King of England was not satisfied with the result.
Rome, 16th August 1519.
[Extract, Italian.]