Appendix: Miscellaneous 1510

Pages 483-485

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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Miscellaneous 1510

April 6. Summaries of Advices, Library Archives. v. i. p. 2. 1043. Summary of Letters from our Ambassador in England (Andrea Badger).
Has been unable hitherto to see the articles of agreement stipulated lately between the King of England and France, but from what he hears from his Majesty's own lips, he asserts them to be of such a nature as will greatly please the Republic; and notifies the constant excellent demonstrations and offers of the King to the Signory. His Majesty has deprived the Cardinal of Pavia of the Protectorate of England at Rome, hearing that he is utterly French, and in lieu of him, he has appointed as his Protector, the Pope's nephew, the Cardinal S. Pietro ad Vincula.
July 7. Summaries of Advices, Library Archives, v. i. p. 14. 1044. England and France.
The Pope having sent for the Signory's ambassador [Girolamo Donato] on the afternoon of the 7th July, read to him, in the presence of Cardinal Cornaro, a writing, taken out of cipher from the letters of his ambassador in France, dated Lyons, the 2nd instant, apologising to him at great length for having exhorted his Holiness to league with the most Christian King, whereas at present, perceiving the Pope's intention, he urges him to strengthen himself by an alliance with the Catholic King, and assures him that the affairs of England do not seem smooth with France; so that an understanding between his Holiness and the Kings of Spain and England, to the ruin of the French, may be expected very speedily.
July 9. Summaries of Advices, Library Archives, v. i. p. 16. 1045. Rupture between the Pope and France.
By letters from Girolamo Donato, dated 9th July, the Signory heard that on the preceding day, the Pope sent for him, and said that shortly before his arrival, the French ambassador, the Lord Alberto da Carpi, having heard of the appearance of the Signory's army [under Legnago ?], went to complain to his Holiness, who answered him that he considered his King his open enemy, and expelled him his presence. This was also confirmed to Donato by Cardinal Regino, and that the Pope said Carpi was not to trouble him any more, forbidding him to appear before him. The Pope did the same with the ambassador from Ferrara, who no longer shows himself at the palace, and thinks of departing.
His Holiness told Donato that it was no longer time to dissemble; that already in Consistory he had declared himself with regard to the investiture [of the kingdom of Naples]; and that he has sent to all the provinces and charged the preachers to declare the French contumacious against the Apostolic See; and thus are they to preach, most especially in England, whither he has written a brief, and given it for transmission to the English ambassador [Christopher Bainbridge, Archbishop of York], paying the messenger with his Holiness's own money. The Pope also wrote to his agent there [Christopher Fisher?] to hasten the union and understanding against the French, as notorious enemies of the Apostolic See. The Pope also said that he found the English ambassador as well disposed to this effect as himself, and that he had already that night sent off the letters with the utmost diligence (in efficacissima forma).
July 10. 9 th hour. Summaries of Advices, Library Archives, v. i. p. 17. 1046. England and France.
The Pope, reverting to the affairs of Ferrara, said to him (the ambassador Donato), that Mantua being secured through the release (fn. 1) of the Marquis, he did not doubt effecting the expulsion of that Duke [Alfonso of Este] without difficulty, and by so much the more, perceiving that the Emperor condescends to accept the 60,000 ducats from his Holiness.
The Pope then showed him letters from England from Dr. Christopher, (fn. 2) purporting that affairs there were proceeding very prosperously, that it depended on his Holiness to undo the peace [between England and France?], and that all would go well, saying, “God guides us; these matters in England proceed as favourably for us as can be desired, so that you may imagine what will become of the French”
July 10. 22d hour. Summaries of Advices, Library Archives. v. i. p. 17. 1047. England and France.
When he went to the Pope in the morning, Donato found the Cardinals S. Georgio and Cornaro with him. After hearing mass, his Holiness kept them all to dine with him, and after dinner, the Pope having gone to repose, the courier Zuan Gobo arrived with the intercepted letters.
Donato then returned to his Holiness, who showed him what had been taken out of cipher from the English letters, which announce in substance that everybody there longs for an opportunity to break the peace with France, and make a fresh confederacy (intelligentia) against her.
Donato then read all the intercepted letters, for which the Pope returned exuberant thanks, and said he would do the like by the Signory; and be made various comments on their contents, especially on the paragraph relating to the Marchioness of Mantua, and her being on such good terms with the French, saying, “You see whether the release of the Marquis is necessary”
(Read in the College.)


  • 1. The Marquis of Mautua remained a prisoner in Venice from August 1509 until the 14th July 1510, when he was shipped for Rome, at the Pope's request. In date 16th June 1510, Sanuto records in his Diaries, that the Marquis complained of being unable to sleep in the “Toreselle,” where he was confined, on account of the buys.
  • 2. Christopher Fisher. (See Venetian Calendar, vol. ii. index.)