Venice: March 1566

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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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March 1566

March 5. Original Letter Book, Venetian Archives. 360. Marc' Antonio Barbaro, Venetian Ambassador in France, to the Signory.
In Scotland matters are very quiet, and already the Duke of Châtellerault, chief of the rebels, seeing all hope lost of any success, has retired to Lower Germany, the Queen of Scotland having granted him permission to enjoy his property, but not to return to Scotland. Now that things are brought to a good state, the King [Henry, Lord Darnley] has openly declared himself a Catholic, having communicated this Christmas with all his household in the churches, and in the Catholic manner; and he made known that he had attended, as he did at first, the Huguenot preaching for the welfare of his kingdom, and thus to prevent seditious persons from availing themselves of the pretext of religion to justify their proceedings.
Moulins, 5th March 1566.