Venice: January 1521

Pages 100-102

Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 3, 1520-1526. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1869.

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January 1521

1521. Jan. 3. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 509. 150. Giovanni Badoer, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
The English ambassador, [Sir Nicholas] Carew, had arrived with the presents. King Henry maintains the best possible understanding with King Francis. The latter desires Scottish ambassadors should go to king Henry, and the business is in the hands of two arbitrators—“Madame” [Louise of Savoy] on behalf of King Francis, and Cardinal Wolsey for the King of England. To effect this, Mons. Polit [sic; i.e. Denis Poillot] goes to England, and perhaps to Scotland.
The ambassador Carew, having inquired whether King Francis was going to Lyons for an interview with the Pope, was answered that the King had not been to his state of Milan for a long while, and must revisit it, and would then perhaps confer with the Pope at Bologna; but on arriving at Lyons he would decide.
Blois, 3rd January. Registered by Sanuto, 18th January.
Jan. 7. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 559. 151. Antonio Surian, Venetian Ambassador in England, to the Signory.
Report of a league stipulated at Rome by Mons. de St. Marceau between the Pope, France, and England. On this account, it is supposed, Cardinal Wolsey yesterday celebrated mass, which is unusual, he not having done so for several years, save at Guisnes. The ceremony was stately, the King being present, and the ambassadors from the Pope, France, and Venice by invitation, three seats having been prepared for them. The Imperial ambassador [De Mesa] went, uninvited; he had no place, and remained with the courtiers. According to report the league has been made between the Pope, France, and the Signory. Mons. di Olivel (sic) is expected in England in the name of Madame [Louise of Savoy] about the affairs of Scotland, where a conference had been held. In Germany the Diet has not yet commenced; they are awaiting the arrival of the Electors. The disturbances in Spain were apparently quieted, and Don Pedro Giron, the commander of the forces of the community, had submitted to the Emperor, the Bishop of Zamora making his escape to a certain town, and the army of the commons disbanding.
Richard Pace was expected back from the Emperor, to whom he had been sent on a mission by the King.
London, 7th January. Registered by Sanuto, 9th February.
Jan. 18. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 509. 152. The Same to the Same.
Mons. de Bolivet (sic) had arrived, having come about the disputes with Scotland. The Scotch ambassadors were anxiously expected, and Mons. d'Aubigny had used his good offices.
From Germany the King had received the articles which the Emperor means to propose in the Diet.
Master Carew, besides being the bearer of presents for the Dauphin, went to King Francis to dissuade him from going into Italy.
London, 18th January. Registered by Sanuto, 9th February.
Jan. 20. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 558. 153. Giovanni Badoer to the Signory.
Envoy arrived from the King of England to condole with King Francis on his accident, and to know the state of his health. Also to speak about the affairs of Scotland; for the Duke of Albany, who has experience of them, had in like manner audience of his most Christian Majesty, besides the English ambassador, Carew, who brought some rubies as presents. The French defrayed Carew's expenses, and were preparing some scents and smocks for the Princess [Mary].
Dated 20th January. Registered by Sanuto, 9th February.
Jan. 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 582. 154. Antonio Surian to the Signory.
Told by the French ambassador that King Henry will renew the truce with Scotland for six months longer, on condition that within the month of March the Scots shall send ambassadors to him. Should that term expire before their arrival, the truce to be null, and open war declared.
London, 21st January. Registered by Sanuto, 19th February.
Jan. 26. Misti Consiglio X. v. xliii p. 248, tergo. 155. The Council of Ten and Junta to the Ambassador Surian in England.
By letters from Naples, dated the 9th, they are informed that the Spanish infantry in Sicily had crossed over, part into Calabria and part to Naples, in number about 4,000, good troops and in good order. The 1,000 who arrived at Naples had received money, and were to march towards the Tronto. 500 men-at-arms were also being mustered to march towards the Tronto, and the rest of the men-at-arms to keep themselves in readiness. The Pope was to march his troops, and said he should raise 4,000 infantry.
To communicate this intelligence to the King and the Cardinal of York, requesting his right reverend lordship to persevere in his usual good offices, his Sovereign being an excellent medium for doing good, and for removing all incitement to disturbance between the Christian potentates.
Ayes, 25. Noes, 1. Neutrals, 0.
[Italian, 32 lines.]
Jan. 27. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. p. 558. 156. Francesco Cornaro to the Signory.
On the 21st the obsequies of the late Cardinal de Croy commenced. The Emperor sent to invite the ambassadors, of whom those from England [Dr. Cuthbert Tunstall and Sir Thomas Spinelli] did not attend on account of precedence.
After the mass a sermon was preached by a Dominican friar, in praise of the deceased Cardinal, and about the nobility of his family, which was of Hungarian descent. He commended Mons. de Chièvres vastly for his good management of the Emperor's affairs; exhorting him and the Electors to recover the imperial rights (cosse) and towns, and to go into Italy.
He then said that they ought to provide against that Martin Luther; as to correct the Pope was not the business of a private individual, but rather that of the Emperor and the Electors.
In consequence of this the Papal Nuncio, on being made acquainted with the purport of the sermon (for it was preached in the German tongue), complained greatly to the Emperor and Chièvres, saying that this friar ought not to have spoken thus about the Pope, nor yet to have exhorted them to undertake the Italian expedition. The Nuncio subsequently told him (Cornaro) that he should write to the Pope, and that on his desiring the Imperialists to provide against Martin Luther, they answered him that he must bear with the Dominican friar who preached the sermon, because he is a great man. For the last three months the Papal Nuncio has been exerting himself against Martin Luther, but the latter has so many followers, in number 40,000 (sic), that the Emperor told the Nuncio not to mention this topic at present.
Worms, 27th January. Registered by Sanuto, 9th February.
Jan. 31. Sanuto Diaries, v. xxix. pp. 543–544. 157. Embassy to England.
Motion made in the Senate for the election of an ambassador to England in the stead of Antonio Surian.
To take with him 11 horses and two running footmen. To receive a monthly salary of 140 ducats.
Elected, Nicolò Tiepolo, LL.D.
Jan. 31. Deliberazioni Senato Secreta, v. xlviii. p. 166, tergo. 158. Embassy to England.
Motion made in the Senate.
Put to the ballot that an ambassador be elected to the King of England in the place of the nobleman, Antonio Surian, with 120 ducats per month for his expenses, of which he is not bound to show any account. The said ambassador to receive all his moneys from month to month here, in cash out of a bank, at the rate of six livres and four soldi per ducat. To take with him 11 horses, including those of the secretary and his servant, and 13 mouths, (fn. 1) comprising two running footmen.
Ayes 149 Elected, Nicolò Tiepolo, Doctor.
Noes 20
Neutral 1
[Italian, 20 lines.]


  • 1. “Et boche numero 13, computà do staphieri.”