Venice: March 1530

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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. "Venice: March 1530", in Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 4, 1527-1533, (London, 1871) 239-241. British History Online, accessed May 28, 2024,

. "Venice: March 1530", Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 4, 1527-1533, (London, 1871). 239-241. British History Online. Web. 28 May 2024,

March 1530

March 2. Sanuto Diaries, v. liii. p. 37. 565. Lodovico Falier to the Signory.
The Privy Council (conseio dil Re) has decided that Cardinal Wolsey is to reside at York (distant 190 miles from London), of which place he is bishop; but he is not to have the revenue of the see, but of the abbacy [sic] of Winchester, which yields 16,000 ducats annually. The Cardinal has recovered his health, and sent to say he cannot go (to York) for the next four months, as the archiepiscopal palace there is dilapidated and needs repair.
The King is going to see the Queen and Princess, who are at . . . . . ., but he is intent on effecting the divorce, and obtaining a reply from the ambassadors sent to Italy. He also sends an ambassador to France, to whom the most Christian King's sons will be consigned, and also the money due from the Emperor, according to the agreement made.
London, 2nd March. Registered by Sanuto 23rd March.
March 7. Sanuto Diaries, v. liii. p. 6. 566. Prothonotary Casal.
The English ambassador came into the College, having arrived from Bologna, where he attended the Emperor's coronation. He said something about the Emperor's goodwill, (nothing of importance,) and that his (Casal's) brother, who had been in the Signory's service in Puglia, was coming hither, recommending him, etc.
March 10. Sanuto Diaries, v. liii. p. 24. 567. Letter from—to the Marquis of Mantua.
The English ambassadors, (fn. 1) amongst whom is the father of the King's sweetheart (inamorata) are expected. They come to declare to the Pope and the Emperor that their King insists upon a divorce, and will repudiate his first wife. Two Florentines within the city (of Florence) sent a challenge to two of their countrymen in the camp of the besiegers, giving them the choice of weapons, and calling them rebels and traitors, and the enemies of God; and tomorrow is the day appointed for this contest.
Bologna, 10th March. Registered by Sanuto 15th March.
March 16. Sanuto Diaries, v. liii. p. 72. 568. Lodovico Falier to the Signory.
Cardinal Wolsey has departed to the residence assigned him at his see of York.
The King is determined to be divorced, and is sending the case to all the universities to obtain counsel's opinion. He has already obtained that of the Doctors of the University of Louvain, and he now sends to Padua to obtain counsel's opinion from the doctors of canon law, as he does not choose to remain thus in sin; and he requests the Signory's assistance (li dagi favori).
London, 16th March. Registered by Sanuto 6th April.
March 23. Sanuto Diarits, v. liii. p. 102. 569. Lodovico Falier to the Signory.
The King is gone to . . . . . to see his natural son, the Duke of . . . . [Richmond], aged 12 years, (fn. 2) and to bring him to the Court. Two of his (Falier's) servants have died of plague, so he must live apart from the Court for 40 days.
Some . . . . [apprentices?], under pretence of playing a cudgel game, took up arms; it is said they intended to kill our merchants, because as they export the English wools the people have no employment. The Mayor went to the spot and arrested 60 of the rioters, so that the disturbance ceased. According to report, had the project succeeded, it would have kindled a great conflagration.
London, 23rd March. Registered by Sanuto 27th April.
March 27. Lettere del Collegio (Secreta), File no. 12. 570. The Doge and College to Lodovico Falier, Venetian Ambassador in England.
The Emperor remained at Bologna until the 22nd, and was to enter Mantua yesterday; he will traverse the Veronese territory to Trent, and then proceed to meet his brother at Augsburg, where they will hold a diet for regulating the Lutheran opinions, which are advancing in many places in Germany.
The Emperor left the army under Florence to continue the siege. The city perseveres in its defence. The besiegers have not battered the place, or made assault, being of opinion that they can reduce it by blockade.
The Pope leaves Bologna next Monday for Rome. The Duke of Ferrara, at the Emperor's request, went to Bologna with a safe-conduct from the Pope, and was well received by his Imperial Majesty and by his Holiness. The matters in dispute were referred to the Emperor, into whose hands the Duke delivers Modena and its territory, the Emperor to decide all questions within the next six months. If the same be then not settled, he is to restore Modena and its territory to the Duke.
March 30. Lettere del Collegio, (Secreta), File no. 12. 571. The Same to the Same.
The galleys for the Flanders voyage are about to depart. Feel sure they will be well treated by reason of the King's great wish, notified to Sir Gregory Casal by the three ambassadors sent lately to the Pope by his Majesty, (fn. 3) that the Signory should despatch said galleys on their voyage. But in the waters of the Levant there are two great barks and two French galleons, well armed at Marseilles, which lately captured a Venetian ship, the “Tiepola,” and also a large Marcilian, bound from Alexandria with spices, belonging to the Venetian nobleman Zuan Dolfin. Although certain that this proceeding is contrary to the wish of the most Christian King, from whom they expect redress, yet, for the safety of the Flanders galleys, he (Falier) is to write to that King to charge the captains of said barks and galleons, and all other persons who have fitted out armed vessels, to have due regard for the Signory's galleys bound to Flanders, and for all the other vessels of their subjects.


  • 1. Thomas Boleyn, Lord Wiltshire, Stokisley, and Lee. (See “State Papers,” vol. vii., part v. continued, p. 230, footnote.)
  • 2. According to the memoir of the Duke of Richmond, by Mr. J. G. Nichols (Camden Miscellany, vol. iii. p. lix.), he was only eleven years of age in 1530.
  • 3. Namely, Wiltshire, Stokisley, and Lee. (See “State Papers,” vol. vii.)