Venice: July 1531

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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July 1531

[July ?] Sanuto Diaries, v. liv. p. 617. 673. Ambassador to England.
Carlo Capello, ambassador on his way to England, had been unable to obtain audience of the King [of France?] as he was going to hunt.
— July. Registered by Sanuto 17th August.
July 15. Sforza Archives, Milan. 674. Katharine, Queen of England and France and Lady of Ireland, to the most Illustrious and Excellent Prince, the Lord Francesco Maria [Sforza], Duke of Milan.
Her familiar and surgeon, Balthasar Guercius, native of Bosco, in the Duke's dominions, is now going into Italy with her permission, on his private business. He has served her many years faithfully. He is lawful heir to certain lands, estates, and possessions, and having been long absent, hopes through the Queen's intercession, and through the Duke, to obtain his due, and return the more quickly to her. Prays the Duke, out of regard for the Queen herself, to assist her aforesaid familiar.
From our Palace of Windsor, 15th July 1531. (fn. 1)
Signed: Catherina (manu propriâ).
Addressed externally: To the most Illustrious and most Excellent Prince, the Lord Francis, Duke of Milan, our very dear cousin.
[Latin. Original.]
July 17. Miscellaneous Correspondence Library, Venetian Archives. 675. Nicolò Tiepolo, Venetian Ambassador with the Emperor, to the Chiefs of the Ten.
With regard to the Council, the Emperor answered the Legate that he regrets such great delay, and entreats his Holiness to remove impediments, in order that so good a result may be obtained. The Emperor added he was going to the Diet in Germany, and will endeavour to find some satisfactory remedy, and acquaint his Holiness therewith. The King of England having constantly made great suit to the Pope to remove the trial of his [divorce] case to England, his Holiness, being apprehensive lest the King may perhaps do his own pleasure by his own act, as he threatens, and separate himself and his whole realm from the Apostolic See, had thought of removing the trial of the case to Cambrai, or some other place of the sort, and had announced this opinion to the Emperor, who, after much consideration, answered in his own name and that of Queen Katharine, that he does not permit this to be done, but that the case should be decided in Rome alone, and in the presence of his Holiness, for the dignity of the Apostolic See, to which solely the absolute power in all similar cases appertains, and also for the greater validity (autorità) of the sentence; nor is there, in fact, any fear of the King's doing what he threatens. (fn. 1)
Brussels, 17th July 1531.
July 19. Sforza Archives, Milan. 676. Henry VIII. to the Duke of Milan.
Balthasar Guercius of Bosco, surgeon, a native of the Duke's territories, has served the King's consort, holding an honourable position in England and in the Court. The King is desirous to assist him. He is going to the Duke to arrange certain private business of his own. Prays the Duke, should Guercius require his patronage and favour to make good his claim to certain hereditary estates, that the Duke will, for the King's sake, favour Guercius.
From our Palace at Guildford, 19th July 1531.
Signed: Your good friend (manu propriâ) Henricus.
Countersigned: Petrus Vannes.
Addressed externally: To the most Excellent and Illustrious Prince, the Lord Francesco, Duke of Milan, our very dear cousin and friend.
[Latin. Original.]
July 31. St. Mark's Library. Class vii., Cod. MDCCCCXXXV. 677. Edward Wotton to Reginald Pole.
John Walker has put into the bank for Pole 84l. 15s. 10d. Will remit 400 crowns, paying for every crown 4s. 9d.
Has sent all that he has received and somewhat more, “savyng that he hath leyd out.” Some of Pole's receivers or farmers are not very good payers. Neither he, Wotton, nor John Walker can know for certain what payments to expect from any of his benefices, nor when they will be made. Can rely solely on John Fitzhopkins, Master Coffyn, and Thomas Coole. Thinks, therefore, that Pole would do well to send him a list of what is due at stated times from each of his farmers, so that if slack they might be called on.
For the next five years Pole will have to pay the King annually about 30l. so he should now begin to play the good husband and not be negligent, but let John Walker know how everything should be received, and he may rest assured that it shall be collected and sent to him. Walker has done the best he can, but knows not how to collect 100l. for this half year. Wotton suspects that Pole “wold scant be content” to be subpoenaed.
There is no news in London. The common saying is, that there will be war with the Scots.
“Abell (as they say) hath put forth a booke yn English (fn. 2) yn the whyche he answeryth yn every point to the booke (fn. 3) that is put forth concernying the maryage. I wold get or send yt you that you myght see some newys, but yt is not commonly a brode, nor I dare not be so curyouse abowt gettyng off yt be cawse yt ys prynted owt off England.”
About a month ago a priest was drawn from Newgate to Tower Hill and there hanged, but not degraded, for “clypping of monye.”
Mr. Hansard is dead, and was buried at Bishopsgate on Saturday last.
The King had intended going on his progress to Nottingham, but it is now said he will go no farther than Grafton, and return by Woodstock to Windsor.
London, 31st July.
Signed: Ed. Wotton.
Addressed externally: D. Renardo Polo, Anglo, Avinion.
[Original, holograph. English.]


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  • 3. Cranmer had written a book upon the divorce in 1529. (See Froude, vol. i. p. 262.)