Venice: March 1513

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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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March 1513

March 1. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p. 2. 225. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated 23rd January.
The King was making great preparations against France; it had been determined in the Council that he was to cross in person, and he went every day to hasten the fleet, and, above all, the great ship which he was building; so that, at any rate, in the spring he means to invade France. The Duke of Brunswick, the Emperor's captain general, who commanded the army of the Lady Margaret against the Duke of Guelders, had encountered a great defeat, losing two of his captains, one of whom, by name Mons. de Reselich, had been ransomed for — thousand Rhenish guilders.
March 8. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xlv. p. 106, tergo. 226. Proposed Letter from the Doge and Senate to the Secretary Alvise de Piero on his way to France, modifying his instructions, because it was understood that the agreement between Lewis XII. and the Switzers was becoming daily more difficult to negotiate, and that an attack on the Milanese was well-nigh impossible, as eleven cantons had signed the articles with the Duke of Milan; it being also understood, that owing to the preparations of the King of England and of Spain, and other movements beyond the Alps, the King of France would not undertake the Italian expedition this year.
Ayes, 57.
Amendment—“Quod stetur super capto.”
Ayes, 121. Noes, 2. Neutrals, 1.
[Italian, 33 lines.]
March 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p. 35. 227. Andrea Badoer to the State.
Dated London, 12th February, 1513.
Account of preparations making against France, and that Hampton was being fortified, as according to report the King of France had 111 (sic) ships in commission, and meant to invade the island, &c.
March 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p. 35. 228. Lorenzo Pasqualigo, merchant of Venice, resident in London, to his Brother.
Dated 15th February, 1513.
Paragraph read to the Senate, narrating the very great preparations making by the King, who, in the course of the month, meant to invade France in person. Would have 100 ships, of which 70 were fitted out, and 30 were expected from Spain.
March 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p. 36. 229. Same to Same.
Same date. Summary.
Had written on the 5th [February], and was without any letters from Venice since December 9, though others were in receipt of advices down to the 10th January. If the agreement between the Emperor [and Venice] take effect, he will immediately send much merchandize to Venice over land, as by sea it could not come so quickly, even were the voyage of the Flanders galleys renewed, as all ships join the English fleet, and more are required. On the other hand, should the agreement with the Emperor not take place (“which God forbid!”), the holders of western produce at Venice will be very fortunate. An adjustment with the Emperor would prove advantageous for the Signory, who might thus avoid ruin. The King of England has written very warmly in favour of the State to the Pope, to Spain, and to the Emperor, without being asked, much to the Signory's shame. About this new league [with France] not one word had ever been written by the State to a King so much her friend as is his Majesty of England. Being aware of what the English ambassador at Rome does for Venice, the whole court complains much of this silence, especially as Badoer has received letters, in which it would have been well to have complained to the King of the wrong done to the State by the [former] league, and to have requested his interference. This course would have been desirable for the sake of keeping him well disposed towards the State, most especially as the Signory had already written him a letter, with which both he and his Council were vastly pleased, and he said, “These Venetians have always wished well to the Crown of England; nor can I but love and do everything for them, as they are men of good faith.”
It would be well to write to the King frequently. Great preparations are making, and in a week the fleet of 100 ships will go to sea, in the best possible trim; the fleet will meet with no opposition and have the mastery. After Easter the King will cross with a very great power. Hopes that he will go straight to Paris for his coronation, which result may God grant, he being the true King of France, and deservedly so, as within the last 1,000 years there never was a king more noble and more valiant; his courage is extreme, and may God save and give him victory and happiness for his perfect comportments.
Much gossip is circulated in London by foreigners, enemies of the State, who lain would that she should make an alliance with France, so that the whole world may attack her as last time. This report he (the writer) does not credit; nor is it believed by anyone at the English court that the Venetians would be so mad as to either give to or receive assistance from the dead.
No business doing. All at the war, and the chief trade in military stores and equipments.
March 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p 48. 230. The Venetian Ambassador at Rome to the State.
Dated 17th March.
Receipt by the Pope of a letter from the King of Scotland, exhorting him to make peace between France and England, as otherwise the King of Scotland cannot but attack England. He has 50 ships in order and prepared.
March 31. Sanuto Diaries, v. xvi. p. 62. 231. The Venetian Ambassador at Rome to the State.
Dated 22nd March.
Had presented the Senate's congratulatory letters to the Pope (fn. 1) on the 19th, on which day he was crowned, although the 21st had been appointed for his coronation; but he did not choose it to take place on that day, “on account of the moon.” The ceremonies were performed, the canopy being carried by the ambassadors, including himself. On entering the church he was seized with a fit of ague, and was obliged to depart in the middle of the mass. There were letters from England of the 16th February, about the great preparations making by its King against France, and by Scotland against England.


  • 1. Leo X., elected 11 March 1513.