Venice: December 1529

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 4, 1527-1533. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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December 1529

Dec. 7? Sanuto Diaries, v.iii. p. 254. 526. Gasparo Contartni to the Signory.
Cardinal Wolsey has been condemned by the King of England, according to the trial, for the crime of lese-Majesty, in order to take his property and life, which last however, the King of his mercy has granted him; he (the Cardinal) being confined to his house.
Bologna, 7th (?) December. Registered by Sanuto 8th December.
[Italian.] (fn. 1)
Dec. 8. Sanuto Diaries, v. lii. p. 176. 527. Anonymous letter from Bologna.
Today, in the church of St. Francis, the Emperor swore to the peace with England; the English ambassadors (fn. 2) doing the like on behalf of their King.
Bologna, 8th December. Registered by Sanuto 15th Dec.
Dec. 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. lit. p. 260. 528. Prothonotary Casal in the College.
The English ambassador came into the College, and showed a letter received from Bologna from his brother Sir Gregory Casal, also ambassador from the King, which letter was addressed from England to Sir Gregory with a very copious account of the disgrace of Cardinal Wolsey; the copy of which shall be transcribed hereunder. (fn. 3)
Dec. 21. Sanuto Diaries, v. lii. p. 291. 559. — to the Marquis of Mantua.
It is heard that Cardinal Wolsey was taken bare-footed and in his shirt into (he King's presence by one of his attendants whom he had benefited more than any other person, and who read to him a list of all the crimes laid to his charge. At the close of the proceedings, he was condemned to death, the people exclaiming, “Stone him;” but the King rose, saying that for the honour of the Cardinalship, he did not choose him to be put to death, and has confined him in a small village belonging to him (Wolsey), and which contains but three or four houses.
Bologna, 21st December. Registered by Sanuto 24th December.


  • 1. The last letter in the letter-book of Gasparo Contarini, is addressed to the Chiefs of the Ten, in date of Bologna, 5th November 1529. Sanuto made his extract apparently from an original despatch.
  • 2. Query, Ghinucci, Carew, Sampson, and Gregory Casal. (See “State Papers,” vol. vii. pp. 224–227.)
  • 3. The copy does not exist in the Diaries.