Appendix: Miscellaneous 1377

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 6, 1555-1558. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1877.

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Miscellaneous 1377

April 11. Register 1363–80, Cancelleria Ducale. Archives of Modena. 17. Licence by Nicolo, Marquis of Este, (fn. 1) to the noble Englishman Zanichino Penreth.
On exhibiting this safe conduct he and ten comrades, with their servants, horsemen, footmen, and baggage, to be allowed free passage by land and water on their way to the Venetian territory and returning thence, the licence being available for five months only.
Ferrara, 11th April 1377.
Nov. 3. File Condottieri di Milizie. Archives of Modena. 18. Donnina Visconti, consort of Sir John Hawkwood, to the Lady [Verde della Scala] Marchioness of Este.
Announces to her most honoured co-sponsor (commater) that to the great joy of herself and of her husband she has been delivered of a very fine male child. Catherine, for whom the marchioness stood godmother, is well.
(Signed) Donnina Vicecomes, consors magnifici militis domini Johanis Acud. (fn. 2)
Florence, 3rd November 1386.


  • 1. When the following letters were written, the heads of the house of Este bore the title of Vicars of the See Apostolic in Ferrara, of which city Borso was created the first Duke by Pope Pius II. in the year 1471. (See Frizzi, vol. 4, p. 66.)
  • 2. This differs from the signature in vol. 1, Venetian Calendar, p. 29. Hawkwood's marriage to Donnina Visconti, according to Osio (vol. 1, p. 191), took place in the year 1377.