Venice: January 1513

Pages 86-88

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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January 1513

A.D. 1513.
1513. Jan. 8. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, vol. xlv. p. 88. 210. The Doge and Senate to the Ambassador at the [Papal] Court.
To confer with the Cardinals San Giorgio and York, and request them to favour the Signory's affairs.
Ayes, 175. Noes, 6. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 52 lines.]
Jan. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. xv. pp. 455, 456. 211. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated London, 9 November.
Return of the English fleet and troops, and of the Lord Treasurer, who went ambassador to Scotland for the arrangement of matters there, which seemed to be well-nigh adjusted.
The King was preparing a fleet with the intention of attacking the French in the spring in several quarters, and of sending an army across the Channel. Queen Katharine of Arragon, very warm in favour of this expedition, would fain have four large galeasses and two “bastard galleys” from the Signory, and enquired of him the monthly cost of a galley afloat completely found. Answered her that it would amount to 10,000 (sic; 1,000 ?) ducats a month. She would wish the Signory to send them some bastard galleys, because she understood France was building two vessels of that description. The King and the ministers were not well satisfied with the Spaniards, and wanted to know why the army returned; the reason assigned was the scarcity of provisions.
Transmits a letter from the King in reply to the one from the Signory.
Complaints (of Badoer) at not receiving money for his maintenance.
Note by Sanuto that the letter from the King, dated London, 19 October, was very sage, purporting that he meant to persevere in the war against France, and wished the Signory to send her fleet into Provence seas in the spring.
Letters from Lorenzo Pasqualio, of the London factory, dated 9 November 1512, as above.
How the King was fitting out a fleet against France, and that the English fleet on its homeward voyage captured two French ships.
Also, that two Ragusan firms established in London had failed for 20,000 ducats, owing to the loss of the kerseys, taken by Norchi (sic).
The King bent on war,—the Council averse to it,—the Queen wills it.
Jan. 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. xv. p. 4 70. 212. Henry VIII. to Pope Julius II.
Expresses especial love for the Emperor Maximilian. Is also anxious for the well-being of the Venetians, they having shown themselves partial to his ancestors and to himself, and having often benefited the Christian commonwealth against the Infidels. Therefore regrets the continuance of dispute between the Emperor and the Signory, and the more so, as it benefits neither party, and is injurious to the common cause.
No fitter peacemaker between the parties could be found than the Pope, and, although aware how intent he is on this reconciliation, adds his own (the King's) especial entreaties, as he had heard of the fresh proposals about to be made to his Holiness by his very dear friend the Bishop of Gurk, the Emperor's confidential minister.
Requests audience for the Cardinal of York.
[Copy. Latin, 37 lines. No date; entered in the Diaries on January 11, 1513.]
Jan. 11. Senato Mar, v. xvii. p. 179. 213. Decree of the Senate concerning the Trade with England.
Motion made for the election by the Senate, at its next meeting, of two Venetian noblemen, conversant with the Flanders voyage and its incidents, as proveditors for the London Factory.
Ayes, 147. Noes, 10. Neutrals, 1.
Jan. 15. Sanuto Diaries, v. xv. p. 482. 214. A Messenger from Cardinal Adrian of Corneto, resident in Germany, near Sterzingen, appeared in the College, and stated that the Cardinal had intended to go to England, but had deferred his journey. He was a great enemy to the Pope, but did not take part with the schismatic Cardinals. The messenger presented to the Doge a letter from Cardinal Adrian, together with a cup of pure gold, well wrought, worth about — ducats, sent by him as a gift to the Signory, saying the King of England had transmitted to him a present of two cups, one of which he gave to the Emperor, the other to the Signory, to whom he recommended himself. Thanks returned by the Doge, who accepted the present.