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Venice: December 1563

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 7, 1558-1580. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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December 1563

Dec. 18. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 350. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
During the last few days the treaty with England has been in negotiation, but with some difficulty, because the Ambassador who is under arrest has refused to act unless he is set at liberty, but at last it was agreed that the other Ambassador, who was at liberty, should direct the negotiation. The whole matter is now reduced to making a truce; both sides agree to this in principle, but there is difference of opinion upon one point, as follows.
The French wish the agreement with the English to last for six years, but the English for only four. This demand for six years is made by France to prejudice England with regard to the agreement for the restitution of Calais, the term of which expires in four years, and so as during that interval to fortify it well; but the English, by making the truce for only four years, would maintain their claims, and could then propose what best suits them.
The departure of the Cardinal of Lorraine is deferred, either by this English negotiation, or by difficulties raised by the Constable and Cardinal Châtillon, but the Queen announces her intention of leaving this city after the Christmas festivities.
The differences between the Lords de Guise and Châtillon continue to augment in every possible way.
Paris, 18th December 1563.
[Italian.]