Venice: June 1527

Pages 66-69

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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June 1527

June 3. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 192. 117. Audience in the Venetian College Hall.
The English ambassador announced that the marriage had been concluded, and that at the end of May Cardinal Wolsey was to go to Boulogne for a conference with the most Christian King, at which it would be decided whether the Princess of England is to become the wife of his most Christian Majesty, or of his son the Duke of Orleans, now a prisoner in Spain.
June 3. Deliberazioni Senato (Secreta), v. lii. p. 37. 118. The Doge and Senate to Sebastian Giustinian, Venetian Ambassador in France.
It is necessary his Majesty should come to Lyons immediately after the interview with the King of England, as he will thus favour the undertaking. Pleased to hear of the determination of the English King to pay 10,000 Lansquenets for Italy. The name of the King of England will be a great assistance to the undertaking. The ambassador to urge the English King to send the 10,000 Lansquenets with all speed.
To congratulate the most Christian King and his serene mother on the marriage between his Majesty and England.
Ayes, 214. Noes, 4. Neutrals, 0.
June 11. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 250. 119. Francesco Maria dell a Rovere, Duke of Urbino, to the English Ambassador, Sir Gregory Casal.
Touching the demand made by Casal to the Marquis of Saluzzo, and to him (the Duke), requiring them to specify in writing what they offer for the security of Tuscany, until the arrival of the succour expected. For himself and for the Marquis, promises to defend the Florentine territory, provided the forces which he (Casal) now . . . . . (fn. 1) be increased to the amount of 16,000 infantry. The pioneers (guastadori) and other provisions, including victuals, to be such as are necessary for such an undertaking, payment being arranged so that no hindrance arise on that account.
Should the Florentine Signory, however, fail in any way the Duke will consider himself released from this obligation.
From the Army of the League, near Viterbo, 11th June 1527. Registered by Sanuto, 16th June.
June 13. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 250. 120. Gioani Simonetta to the Duchess of Urbino.
On that morning, moved from Viterbo to the Lake of Bolsena. The commanders-in-chief had held frequent consultations, discussing everything in detail, especially the defence of Tuscany, to which the Duke [of Urbino] had pledged himself, as by the enclosed copy of a writing given to the English ambassador [Sir Gregory Casal].
From the Army at the Lake of Bolsena, 13th June 1527. Registered by Sanuto, 16th June.
June 13. Deliberazioni Senato (Secreta), File no. 7. 121. The Doge and Senate to the Venetian Proveditors-General, Pisani and Vitturi.
The most Christian King has appointed Mons. de Lautrec his commander-in-chief of the Italian expedition. He has also provided considerable pecuniary supplies; so that, perceiving such warmth on the part of his Majesty, and with the hope of support from the King of England, the Signory anticipates success.
Ayes, 205. Noes, 1. Neutrals, 0.
June 15. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 237. 122. Pisani and Vituri, Venetian Proveditors in the Camp at the Baths of Viterbo, to the Signory.
The English ambassador, Sir Gregory Casal, arrived there from Rome on his way to Venice, returning to England.
No date. Registered by Sanuto, 10th June.
June 16. Sauuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 241. 123. Audience in the Venetian College Hall.
The English ambassador [Prothonotary Casal] said he yesterday received letters from his brother, Sir Gregory Casal, English ambassador at Rome, who had arrived in the camp, and was coming to Venice, on his way to England.
June 17. Navagero Despatches, Cicogua Copy, Correr Museum. 124. Andrea Navagero to the Signory.
The news of the entry of the Imperial army into Rome, the cruelties it is said to have committed, their besieging the Pope in Castle St. Angelo, and their disregard for the truce made by the Viceroy, has seemed very strange at Valladolid, and greatly displeased all the chief personages, both spiritual and temporal. The chief of them, such as the Archbishop of Toledo, the Duke of Alva, and others of like rank, remonstrated with the Emperor. Some of them spoke so freely that many think more was said than necessary.
The Emperor assures the Nuncio that he much regrets these circumstances, and speaks him as fair as possible, but as yet takes no steps. Neither is anything thought of here at present, save jousts of various sorts and cane games, and as many entertainments as possible, to celebrate the birth of the heir apparent; the Emperor himself taking part in every joust and every game. Tournaments and castles for assault, and a thousand other things, are also in course of preparation; so it is said these rejoicings will last for another month, and that when the Empress is in a state to attend them, more entertainments will be given than before.
Many of the grandees were of opinion that after the news from Rome, the Emperor should have suspended these rejoicings lest they be assigned to other causes than the true one. This they mentioned to his Majesty, who did not think fit to stop what was already commenced, and so they continue.
The death of Bourbon is now announced for certain, and with the exception of a few Flemings, the whole court rejoices at it extremely. Many are of opinion that this event will greatly facilitate the negotiation for peace.
The Bishop of Tarbes and Sir Francis Poyntz have not yet arrived. The safeconduct was forwarded to them in France, and on the day before yesterday the messenger returned for a fresh one, the period specified in the first having expired. He says the Bishop of Tarbes had been sent back to England, and when the messenger departed, was expected within two days at Bayonne; Sir Francis Poyntz being already there. The messenger was despatched with the safeconduct immediately, and the ambassadors are expected at Valladolid within a week at the furthest.
The Prince of Spain was christened on the 5th, by the name of Philip. The Queen of France [Eleanor of Austria, Queen Dowager of Austria, affianced to Francis I.] was godmother; the Constable [of Castile, Don Iñigo de Velasco], the Duke of Alva, and the Duke de Bejar, godfathers.
Valladolid, 17th June 1527.
June 22. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 271. 125. Note by Sanuto.
On the evening of the 22nd June the English ambassador to Rome, Sir Gregory Casal, arrived in Venice. He lodged with his brother, the Prothonotary Casal, at San Giorgio.
June 26. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 287. 126. Audience in the Venetian College Hall.
The English ambassador, Prothonotary Casal, and his brother, Sir Gregory, late ambassador at Rome, came into the College, and Sir Gregory discoursed.
June 27. Sanuto Diaries, v. xlv. p. 290. 127. Audience in the Venetian College Hall.
The Prothonotary Casal and his brother, Sir Gregory, ambassador from the King of England, came into the College and discussed current events. Sir Gregory will depart for France in four days.
June 27. Commemoriale, no. xxi. p. 40. 128. The Italian League.
Renewal of the League between France, the Signory of Venice, the Duke of Milan, and the Florentine Republic.
Specific declaration to the effect that the present contract does not cancel or change the contents of the preceding leagues with regard to the King of England and the Cardinal Legate Archbishop of York, whatever was agreed to (“conventum”) for their convenience and profit (“ad commodum et utilitatem utriusque”) being ratified.
[Original minute, Latin, 4½ pages.]


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